Crossing the Sangro


(NA 9005) : Pattern bombing by the Allied Air Forces on the Germans’ defensive positions on the North bank of the River Sangro. The cloud of black smome is formed by the bursting bombs – all landing so close together that there is not one single place where daylight can be seen throughthe thick black screen. The target in this case was a fortified area near the village of S. Maria, a… Copyright: © IWM.

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(NA 9009) : The Regimental HQ. The Commanding Officer briefs his staff, pointing to map the positions for a Sangro River barrage. Left to right – Lieut. O. Goodridge – the Survey Officer; Capt. E.I. Bowen – Adjutant; Lieut. Col. H.G.Lambert DSO – Commanding Officer Major R.W. Hitchcock, MC. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9114) : Led by Sgt. Burns, G., of Chingford, ‘A’ Coy., 1st Btn. East Surreys, move up for the Sangro battle between Casalbordino and Torino Di Sangro. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9115) : A join-up of five pictures which show, on the left, the snow-capped Gran Sasso mountains, a demolished 19-arch bridge over the river Sangro, and on the extreme right the mouth of the river, obscured by trees which reaches to the sea. This join-up covers the whole of the Sangro front. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9116)  A join-up of five pictures which show, on the left, the snow-capped Gran Sasso mountains, a demolished 19-arch bridge over the river Sangro, and on the extreme right the mouth of the river, obscured by trees which reaches to the sea. This join-up covers the whole of the Sangro front. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9120) : A two-picture join-up. No.9120 shows the Gran Sasso with one-half of the demolished bridge. No.9121 shows the other half of the bridge and on the ridge in the background is the smoke and dust created by a bombing attack on a German strongpoint, which was the small town of Santa Maria. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9121) : A two-picture join-up. No.9120 shows the Gran Sasso with one-half of the demolished bridge. No.9121 shows the other half of the bridge and on the ridge in the background is the smoke and dust created by a bombing attack on a German strongpoint, which was the small town of Santa Maria. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9122) Two Royal Artillery signallers of 78th Division creep forward on line maintenance duties near the Sangro river, mindful of the advice on a nearby sign to keep off the skyline, 25 November 1943. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9123) : A general view of the bombing of Romagnoli Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9124) : These two pictures if joined vertically show the Sangro river and a Bailey bridge in the foreground, with bombs from our medium bombers falling over the crest towards Fossegesia. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9125) : These two pictures if joined vertically show the Sangro river and a Bailey bridge in the foreground, with bombs from our medium bombers falling over the crest towards Fossegesia. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9126) The Sangro River November 1943: Explosions from an Allied bombing raid on German positions on the north bank of the Sangro River. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9127) : A three-picture join up taken during a period in which 12 of our medium bombers were bombing Fossegesia Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9128) : A three-picture join up taken during a period in which 12 of our medium bombers were bombing Fossegesia Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9129) : Bombs falling on positions behind Santa Maria. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9130) : Looking towards Santa Maria, where the bombs are falling over the crest and the River Sangro, which is seen in the foreground. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9130) : Looking towards Santa Maria, where the bombs are falling over the crest and the River Sangro, which is seen in the foreground. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9141) : British-manned Sherman tanks of the 3 County of London Yeomanry moving off prior to their crossing of the Sangro river. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9142) Original wartime caption: Sherman tanks seen before the river crossing Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 9143) : Sherman tanks moving towards the river. Royal Signals personnel are already seen on the left, effecting line repairs. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9144) : Sherman tanks assembled before the crossing. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9146) : A Vickers machine gun post in the Sangro river area. In No.9147 the river Sangro can be seen with the Appennines in the background. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 9147) : A Vickers machine gun post in the Sangro river area. In No.9147 the river Sangro can be seen with the Appennines in the background. Copyright: © IWM.