The Winter Line Stories

Real-life accounts of the unheralded heros of the Italian Campaign of WWII

The Road to Rome



Major Ralph R. Hotchkiss in his beloved Jeep "Jim and Josie" on the way to a liberated Rome - June, 1944

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This story in conjunction with "Letter to Hotchie" letter are accounts of the same days from the same man, my Grandfather. The time was July, 1944. The place: Rome, Italy shortly after the Allies taking of the city on June 4. The only thing alike is the time and place. The representation of the war correspondents viewpoint compared to one expressed to a wife back home is a fascinating juxtaposition.



Newsreel Footage of the Liberation of Rome

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