Written in the immediate aftermath of the campaigns which it describes. The 61st Infantry brigade consisted of the 2nd, 7th and 10th battalions of the Rifle Brigade. All four battalions of the 61st fought throughout the Italian campaign until December 1943 when the 1st returned to Britain to prepare for D-day. The remaining three battalions fought their gruelling way up the Italian peninsula. Their actions included four night attacks in the hills around Perugia, the battles in the Arno Valley, the breaching of the Gothic Line, and the harsh winter of 1944-45 in the Appenines. A rare unit history written while memories were still fresh and including detailed maps, and various rolls of staff, officers, awards and casualties.
The History of 61 Infantry Brigade May 1944-June 1945
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The 61st fought throughout the Italian campaign and this unit history, published in 1946, describes the fighting around Perugia, the Arno Valley, the Gothic Line and the Appenines.