The Allies initiated Operation Olive in August ’44 to break through the Gothic Line running east/west from Pisa on the Ligurian Sea to Rimini on the Adriatic. The town of Rimini sat on an open coastal plain with a small airfield a few kilometers to the south. Numerous small villages dotted the plain and foothills to the west. This area was called the Rimini Line and was critical to the Allies plan to push north. The battles for Rimini Airfield and the town of Rimini were considered by Lieutenant-General Leese, Commander of 8th Army, to have been the toughest of WWII.
This campaign deals with the 1st Canadian Division, and primarily the Greek 3rd Mountain Brigade’s attack on the Rimini Airfield commencing September 13