These were so few and so crowded that casualties were inevitable.
Proper roads were something to only dream about.
HEART, DIAMOND, CLUB and HAT routes were merely cleared strips through the fields
and they seemed always to go across the cultivated ridges so that speed was
reduced to about 5 miles per hour.
Added to this ITALY was really sunny for a change and the long tight columns of
vehicles traveling across dry fields raised clouds of dust that could be seen
The frequent moves allowed little opportunity for sleep, especially
for the supply troops who were forced to drive miles to cover the shortest distances.
An ammunition truck going to “VANCOUVER” for a load would travel
30 or 40 miles “down” and only 5 or 10 miles back “up”.
After a two-day stop the Regiment moved across the LIRI past CEPRANO and occupied
a position under heavy harassing fire.
There was no firing from this position and
before dark the unit was on wheels again to a new position
in the middle of a small forest.