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Work starts on the Tower in Sommocolonia

Work starts on the Tower in Sommocolonia

Workman are now working on removing the many tons of rubble, soil and rocks from the base of the ruins of the tower in Sommocolonia. The project is intended to rebuilt part of the tower using those rocks and finally to construct a building to house the museum “Sala della Memoria” The Romans built the […]

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James Pratt – “they were not Buffalo Soldiers”

James Pratt – “they were not Buffalo Soldiers”

the 366th Infantry Regiment was not part of the 92nd Division

Continuing international interest in the events in Sommocolonia during December 26th – 27th 1944. The fourth official visit to Barga this afternoon by the Pratt family from the States. James Pratt, an economist from the Cornell University accompanied by his wife Mildred (she too a professor at the Cornell University but this time at Rome) […]

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Sommocolonia: James Pratt visit

Sommocolonia: James Pratt visit

continuing international interest in the events in Sommocolonia during December 26th - 27th 1944

The third official visit to Barga this morning by the Pratt family from the States. James Pratt, an economist from the Cornell University accompanied by his wife Mildred (she too a professor at the Cornell University but this time at Rome) . They were last here in 2015 (article here) and before that in 2010 (article here) Once again […]

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Monterosa Div vs Buffalo Div – Gothic Line

On Jan 17th 1945, Gian Ugo Taggiasco – Sgt of the Italian Alpine Division “Monterosa” – was sent to an advanced outpost in Tuscany’s Serchio Valley. In the morning he found out that his position had been surrounded by a 100 man strong US Buffalo Div. patrol. The Battle of Garfagnana known to the Germans […]

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Filming of “Giganti Buoni – The Good Giants” continues at Abetone

Filming of “Giganti Buoni – The Good Giants” continues at Abetone

A segregated army fighting multiple enemies - including a commander who appears to have deliberately sent the under-trained, outnumbered 366th Infantry Regiment into harm’s way, resulting in high casualties.

Back in July we published an article (here) about a documentary film  THE GOOD GIANTS which follow Ivan J. Houston, an 88-year-old retired businessman and author, residing in Los Angeles, California and who is also a decorated former Buffalo Soldier who fought in the segregated U.S. Army 92nd Infantry Division in Italy. In 1944-45, Ivan and his […]

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Filming of “Giganti Buoni – The Good Giants” underway

Filming of “Giganti Buoni – The Good Giants” underway

A segregated army fighting multiple enemies - including a commander who appears to have deliberately sent the under-trained, outnumbered 366th Infantry Regiment into harm’s way, resulting in high casualties.

Back in July we published an article (here) about a documentary film  THE GOOD GIANTS which follow Ivan J. Houston, an 88-year-old retired businessman and author, residing in Los Angeles, California and who is also a decorated former Buffalo Soldier who fought in the segregated U.S. Army 92nd Infantry Division in Italy. In 1944-45, Ivan and his […]

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Kickstarter – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) Documentary

Kickstarter – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) Documentary

Ivan J. Houston is returning to Italy in September, 2013. Please help us tell his touching heroic story of war and liberation in WWII.

The numbers are not looking that good for a kickstarter project for a documentary film  – The Good Giants (Giganti Buoni) to be filmed here in this area later on this year. They have only managed to raise a mere $8000 of the total needed – $73,000 and with only 8 days left in which to do […]

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L’accoglienza di Barga e Sommocolonia al veterano della Buffalo, Ivan Houston

L’accoglienza di Barga e Sommocolonia al veterano della Buffalo, Ivan Houston

Si è aperto e si è chiuso stamani, 14 settembre, il capitolo barghigiano della visita del reduce della 92°Divisione Buffalo Ivan J. Houston, brillante uomo di finanza in pensione che è voluto tornare nei luoghi dove ha combattuto nel 1944 e dove è rimasto fino al 1945. Houston non ha combattuto la tragica battaglia del […]

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Venerdì tornerà a Barga Ivan J. Houston pluridecorato reduce della “Buffalo”

Venerdì tornerà a Barga Ivan J. Houston pluridecorato reduce della “Buffalo”

Come vi avevamo annunciato qualche settimana fa, nei prossimi giorni, tornerà nella nostra Valle un reduce della 92°Divisione Buffalo: Ivan J. Houston brillante uomo di finanza in pensione. Ricco e intenso il programma: Houston arriverà, assieme ai suoi familiari, mercoledì pomeriggio, alle ore 15, presso “Villa La Dogana” a Cerasomma di Lucca dove verrà accolto […]

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La Vacanza – Bernard Moscardini

This is the true story of a young boy’s holiday. In May 1940 nine-year-old Bernard Moscardini and his mother set off from Bedlington, Northumberland for a summer holiday in the tiny mountain village of Sommocolonia in Northern Tuscany. Soon after their arrival Benito Mussolini declares war on Britain and France, and Bernard’s mother frantically attempts […]

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Inside Buffalo film now on Amazon

American audience acclaim “INSIDE BUFFALO”, an Award winning feature film documentary which recently won the best documentary at Black International Cinema in Berlin. The story tells of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African American segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during the Second World War. The battle of Sommocolonia , […]

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Inside Buffalo documentary – NY Premiere

CENTERPIECE SCREENING Friday, December 4 @ 8:00PM Cowin Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival. Inside Buffalo is a full length documentary about the 92nd infantry division, an African American segregated unit, which consisted of 15,000 soldiers, who served in Italy during WW II. They were called “Buffalo […]