Garigliano River Diorama

Artefact
Detail of Garigliano River diorama
Detail of Garigliano River diorama

In the early hours of 18 January 1944, 2nd Inniskillings took part in the crossing of the Garigliano River in Central Italy as a prelude to the capture of the German Gustav Line.

The night attack across the river was fiercely contested by the Germans, and the Inniskillings had over 50 men killed. B Company, commanded by Major John Nixon, was the left forward company.

Following the attack, Sgt Andy Anderson seized a German machine gun to drive off a strong German counter attack. He was awarded the Military Medal (MM). The diorama shows Major John Nixon and Captain Bill Vincent, who was wounded by 'friendly fire'.