The liberation of Montese

In the days following the capture of Castelnuovo, the FEB was transferred to the left side of the American 10th Mountain Division, with orders to penetrate the Panaro Valley in direction of Montese and Zocca. 

The high rises of Montello and Mount Buffone in particular, represented the heart of the German defenses in Montese. On April 14, 1945 with the start of the final offensive on the Gothic Line in the Apennines, the Brazilian attack was directed precisely on Montese. The bloody battle lasted four days and during the night between 18 and 19 September the defeated Germans retreated from Montello and Mount Buffone towards the plains.

To this day, many years after those events, strong feelings of gratitude and friendship bind Montese to the generous heart of the Brazilian people.