Today, on Liberation Day, I would like to share with you two uforgettable facts that upset our territory during WWII and which left a mark on the people around here. Two ‘ordinary’ events in times of war, not to forget… I owe both of the following contributions to Cristina Ortolani. The first comes from the Memoteca Pian del Bruscolo Project and the second from the book: ‘Itinerari tra storia, memoria e realtà’ and tells about the Gothic Line where the British 8th Army and the German 10. Armee fought during the final Autumn of WWII.
On January 21st 1994 – around 9.10 pm – the village of Montecchio was destroyed by the burst of mines and explosives which had been stored since December 1943 at the Campo Boario and the seat of the Recreational club. Today the number of victims is still unknown. According to witnesses and researchers the victims were about thirty.
For many people living in our territory, the burst of the Powder Keg in Montecchio represents the hardest event of WWII – a vivid recollection among the elderly (and among my generation who learned the facts from our grandparents’ direct experiences).
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