The Crossing Of The River Garigliano

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  1. Has anyone heard this song, sung to the tune of Red River Valley?
    It's about the refusal of American Forces in WW2, of crossing of said river & it was lead by the 5th Brit Div of the American sector.
    And can anyone supply a history of said action?

    ps, given to me by an old Red Cap (Puke). Would love some information

    There's blood on the streets of Minturno
    It's the blood of the brave and the few
    Of a division that went into battle
    To do a job that the Yanks couldn't do

    Now the Yanks said we'd never cross that river
    They said it just could not be done
    And to prove what they thought of our chances
    They were betting at twenty to one (true)

    But the Yanks didn't know the fifth division
    When there's a job to be done
    For there's nothing on this earth can stop us
    No, not even the square-headed Hun

    So forward we went to that river
    And never a man faltered there
    Everyone looking grim and determined
    In our hearts we were whispering a prayer

    For we thought of our wives and mothers
    And we thought of our loved ones who'd yearn
    For we knew when we crossed o'er that river
    There'd be many who'd never return

    Yes there's blood on the streets of Minturno
    It's the blood of the Comrades we love
    May their names live in glory forever
    And their souls rest in Heaven above

    Thank you in anticipation
  2. When I was a very young subaltern we had a very old QM. He told me that as they were marching up to the battle American soldiers were actually shouting out the odds to them. One tom left the ranks and butt stroked the most vocal of the yanks, and warned the others that he'd bayonet the next man who made a bet on his life.