Cigarettes box of a british soldier who fought at Salerno in september 1943.
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    Cigarettes box of a british soldier who fought at Salerno in september 1943.

    Hi to all!
    Someone can help me to find the owner or his relatives? This silver cigarettes box was found on a british trench in Salerno battlefield. I think the letter are K. J. T. or K. J. F.
    I think are not common letters for a british name. The box was produced in Birmingham and have a small hole do by a fragment of bomb. So perhaps owner can be killed or injured during battle of Salerno, 9- 25 september 1943.
    Any help will be welcomed!
    Thanks
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    Matteo - I think it is K J F.

    Can you be more specific about the location of the find? There were lots of Brits around Salerno. Maybe we can narrow the search by knowing the division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    Matteo - I think it is K J F.

    Can you be more specific about the location of the find? There were lots of Brits around Salerno. Maybe we can narrow the search by knowing the division.

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    Thanks DCMatt. It is a area where british troops landend 9 septmber very near Salerno town. In that area we know fought regiments Hampshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire, Royal Fusiliers and Commandos.
    Any help will be very appreciate.
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    A bit of research shows the town of Salerno was captured by British Commandos - No. 2 (Army) Commandos, No. 40 (Royal Marine) Commandos, and No. 40 Commandos.

    I found partial rosters here:

    http://www.commandoveterans.org/book/export/html/976

    I did NOT find any name using initials K.J.F.

    Salerno[edit]


    Salerno D-Day plan.

    After Sicily was secured, the Allied invasion of Italy followed, beginning 3 September 1943. No. 2 Commando landed at Vietri sul Mare at 03:30 hours, their initial target was a German gun battery. After the commandos scaled the cliffs they discovered the battery was undefended; they moved towards Vietri itself, and the town was secured two hours later. Establishing their headquarters there, they then opened Marina beach for further landings.[25]
    No. 2 Commando was next ordered to capture a German observation post outside of the town of La Molina which controlled a pass leading down to the Salerno beach-head. No. 2 and No. 41 (Royal Marine) Commandos, infiltrated the town and captured the post, taking 42 prisoners including a mortar squad.[26] On 11 September the commandos made contact with the U.S. Army Rangers who had landed to their west.[15] On 13 September the commando defended the village of Dragone against the attacking German paratroopers and panzergrenadiers. The battle cost the commando 28 dead and 51 wounded.[15] After a day's rest following the battle the commando moved to Mercatello, about three miles east of Salerno. Together with No. 41 (RM) Commando, they were tasked by Brigade to "sweep the area and clean out the German forces". Having completed the requested "sweep", the commando returned, bringing with them 150 captured Germans.[15]
    Both commandos were then ordered back to occupy the area known as the "pimple". Over the next days the commando losses grew and included the then-Duke of Wellington.[27] Finally relieved on 18 September they were withdrawn to Sicily. During the Salerno operations No. 2 and No. 41 (RM) Commandos had 367 killed, wounded or missing out of the 738 who had made the landing.
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    This map shows the rendezvous area known as "the pimple" or "Pimple Hill":

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    But I see you already know about this place...
    Last edited by DCMatt; Yesterday at 11:43 AM.
    "It's a long time between drinks."
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