(ANSA) - Salerno, February 20 - The remains of two soldiers
discovered on Thursday morning in the hillsides between the
country neighbourhoods of Capezzano and Coperchia, which are
part of the wider municipality of Pellezzano, in the Southern
Italian province of Salerno, have been identified as World War
Two British military personnel.
The discovery of the remains had been made by three
volunteers of the 'Salerno 1943' association carrying out a
recognisance tour of the hilltop that was the battleground of
the bloodies "Avalanche" operation in 1943. The soldiers were
identified as being British from the munitions that were found
The two likely died in a German attack, and were hurriedly
and provisionally buried by the victors after they took control
of the area, causing their whereabouts to be unknown until
The military position in question had been denominated as
"Hill 270" by U.K. military forces involved in local combat,
and features in the memoirs of British soldier Christopher
Bulteel, who was personally involved in fighting in the area.
Control of the zone was taken by British troops on September
22, 1943, without much bloodshed, though they immediately lost
control of the area to the Germans when the latter launched an
Various British soldiers are reported to have lost their
lives in the fighting.