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The Battle of Monte La Difensa

The US 5th Army was stalled at the gates of the Liri Valley. German defensive positions atop the major mountain features dominated the routes into the Liri Valley that led to Rome. The 5th Army had unsuccessfully, and at great cost, attempted to capture Monte La Difensa on three separate occasions. On the night of 2/3 December 1943, using an unconventional approach up the rear of the mountain top that the Germans thought was impassable, the FSSF scaled the cliffs and captured the summit after a vicious two hour battle shrouded in the heavy early morning fog. It took another six days to gain control of the entire mountain.

"Monte La Difensa"

  • 1. Metal License Plate Artwork (6”x12”) (signed on the back by the artist Silvia Pecota)

    2. Watercolour print (6”x12”)

    3.  Black Metal Frame

    4.  Backer support + 4 black screws

    5. Clear protective shield

    6. Certificate of Authenticity

  • Also included is a print of the same dimensions as the license plate (6"x12"). It is printed on watercolour paper using archival inks. This can also be framed using a similar metal frame and it is for internal display only, as in a garage, rec room or "man cave". 

    The watercolour print can be an exact copy of the license plate ordered or an alternate selection can be made. Please specify which image you would prefer for the watercolour print.



    As the license plate may be exposed to the elements, the plastic shield (which is included in the set), should be used for extra protection.

    If using a license plate frame for the watercolour print: mark the 4 holes and use a hole puncher to make the holes for the screws.

    When assembling to hang the license plate on a wall, make sure the side that is marked “BACK” (on the black backer support) faces out. This offers support for hanging onto a screw or nail on a wall.

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