This book is an authentic, honest (sometimes painfully so) account of a Canadian foot soldier’s experiences in the Italian campaign in World War II. While the commanders knew the Big Picture, the infantryman seldom was aware that he was attacking the Hitler Line or the Gustav Line. He was simply told, “Cross that river and dig in on the other side.” Or “Go up that hill and hold the road.” As an 18 year old recruit, Jim Holman left his rural Ontario home for the first time to join up. From basic training through the voyage to Britain, and on to the front in Italy, Jim’s story is the personal account of so many young Canadian men… some of whom came home, and some of whom did not. It is told in Jim’s voice, as he remembers it, without the gloss of scholarship or the strategic overview of the military historian. This is the foot soldier’s story. Jim Holman is a talented woodworker who builds canvas-covered cedar strip canoes, crafts snowshoes, and restores antique furniture. He joined the army in 1943 at the age of 18, and after training in Canada and Britain, marched and fought through some of the worst days of the Italian campaign. He lives in the Niagara Peninsula with his wife, Marion, who is also a WWII veteran, in a house they built themselves. They raised four children, and have four grand children and four great grandchildren. Jim is a member of the 48th Highlanders Old Comrades Association and the Monte Casino Society.