World War II US amphibious jeep that led assault on Benito Mussolini found
Video footage released by the Voluntary Association of Lake Garda shows what appears to be the wreck of the amphibious DUKW US truck which sunk 600-feet to the bottom of the picturesque lake on April 30, 1945 during the operation.
Located using state of the art sonar systems to search the lake bed along with a unmanned submersible, the finding could lead to the recovery of the mens' bodies and their possible repatriation to the US, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The servicemen were lost traversing the famed lake as they crossed to Gargnano, where Mussolini had operated as the "puppet" ruler of Italy under German control during 1945 before he fled to his eventual capture and death at the hands of Communist partisans at the Swiss border.
They were members of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division and in particular the 85th Infantry Regiment who fought in some of the roughest terrain in Northern Italy as they wrestled the occupying German troops for control.
It was during the course of these operations on the night of April 29 and 30 that the K Company and a MG platoon of the 10th Mountain Division crossed the lake to reach Mussolini's Vila Feltrinelli.
This was where the fallen despot had operated his 600 day long Fascist Italian Social Republic, a dictatorship only made possible by
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