|Mountainous terrain confronted the Division in
practically every phase of the Italian campaign. With it came the enormous task of getting
supplies to the frontline forces and evacuating casualties. In the Mount Maggiore and
Mount Sammucro sectors, pack animals carried the food, water and ammunition as far up the
steep muddy trails as possible, round trips requiring eight to ten hours. Hand-carry was
common and laborious. In addition supply routes were frequently under enemy fire and
STEADY PACK HORSES AND MULES HAD TO BE USED WHEN JAGGED PEAKS
MADE MECHANIZED TRAVEL IMPOSSIBLE.
START OF ANOTHER four-hour, five mile pack-train ordeal up the
mountainside with supplies for men on top.