Military Shrine of Mignano Monte Lungo

Military Shrine of Mignano Monte Lungo

Via Casilina, Mignano Monte Lungo , Italy
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Fighting Liberation Victory and defeat
Liberation Route Europe

Military Shrine of Mignano Monte Lungo

The military shrine at Mignano Monte Lungo is located at the site of the first battle between the Italian Royal Army and the German army. The cemetery houses the graves of 974 Italian soldiers that fell during the Italian Campaign after Italy joined the Allies in September 1943.

The military shrine at Mignano Monte Lungo is near the location of the first battle between the Italian Royal Army and the German army in December 1943. The cemetery houses the graves of 974 Italian soldiers fallen during the Italian Campaign after Italy joined the Allies in September 1943.

On the pediment of the portico the epigraph is written in Latin: Mortui ut Patria Vivat (To those who fell for the survival of the motherland). In the chapel there is an altar of dark marble, surmounted by a bas-relief of a dying soldier, made by the sculptor Pietro Canonica. The altar is flanked by two headstones: one dedicated to General Vincenzo Dapino, Commander of the Italian troops at the Battle of Monte Lungo, and the other reproducing the telegram of congratulations sent to him after his victory by U.S. General Mark Clark.

The graves are from soldiers belonging to the First Motorized Group (I Raggruppamento Motorizzato), the Italian Liberation Corps and the Combat Groups Folgore, Legnano, Mantova, Friuli and Cremona. The commander of several of these units, General Umberto Utili, was buried here in 1952.

The central steps leading to the chapel are flanked by the crests of the combat groups. On the hill top there is a statue of the Virgin Mary blessing the fallen. Every year on 8 December the anniversary of the first Battle of Monte Lungo is commemorated with a ceremony. Opposite the cemetery there is a museum with objects illustrating the Italian role in the liberation of Italy. Including photographs, documents but also tanks and artillery.

Tourist information

A visit to the Cemetery is free but the visit to the museum must be requested to its custodian.

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