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Ponte dei 13 Archi

Below: the war-damaged Ponte dei 13 Archi near Gambatesa, as seen when looking from Molise into Puglia.

War-damaged Ponte dei 13 Archi, 33 KB

Image Source: based on a photograph in The Canadians in Italy, 1943-1945 by Lt.-Col. G.W.L. Nicholson (Volume 2 of the Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War), Ottawa 1957.  Upper photograph on the un-numbered page facing page 241.

Original caption: "OVERLOOKING THE FORTORE VALLEY: On a hill outside Gambatesa, captured on 8 October 1943, two soldiers of The Carleton and York regiment examine an abandoned German anti-tank gun sited to cover the demolished Ponte dei 13 Archi."

Ponte dei 13 Archi, circa 1960, 22 KB

Image Source: based on a postcard photograph in use circa 1960 of the Ponte dei 13 Archi ("13 Arch Bridge").

Now, as at the time of the Second World War, the Ponte dei 13 Archi carries the principal road that connects the provincial capital Cities of Campobasso and Foggia.  However, whereas that road is now Strada statale ("State Road") No. 645, which bypasses Gambatesa to the north, at the time of the Second World War the only road that passed over the bridge was the ancient Roman Via Appulo-Sannitica (Strada statale No. 17) which goes through the village of Gambatesa.

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Last revised: 9 January 2008 : 2008-01-09 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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