Rest and Training
Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, August 1944:
During this period the 350th Infantry Regiment was bivouaced approximately two and one half miles
northeast of the village of Villamagne, Italy, undergoing strenuous training to mold new replacements
into the regimental structure and to prepare for further active operations against the enemy. Division
directives prescribed training in River crossing with a view of being ready to cross the formidable Arno River.
Every available minute was utilized to good advantage to teach each individual his particular role in
the coming attack.
The regiment was handicapped in its training as there were no streams, rivers or lakes in the proximity
of our bivouac area. However, excellent results were accomplished with the terrain at hand. At this time the
morale of the troops was excellent and they were looking forward to training once again.
Arrangements were immediately started to secure showers and clean clothing for the troops. The terrain could
be described as gently-rolling with small villages always capping the ridges and peaks. The ridge lines
were well in contrast to the numerous sharp gullies and small valleys. Most of the ground was barren, spotted here
and there by vegetation consisting of olive groves, vineyards, and small patches of trees which usually followed
the intermittent stream beds.