In early November, after first confrontations with the Germans in Garfagnana, the Brazilians were transferred to the Reno Valley, where they found an entirely, unknown enemy awaiting them: the Apennine winter. With headquarters in Pistoia, the F.E.B. took part in all the operations destined to break through the front around the ss 64 Porrettana highway. Despite heavy losses and the cold season, The Brazilians managed to obtain important tactical position information from the Germans. The journey from Mount Castello, Castelnuovo, Montese and Zocca which led them to Fornovo, Alessandria and Torino, cost the division 474 dead and 2,738 wounded by the end of April, 1945.
|War memorial donated to Montese by the FEB