In 1944, the Allies, including the 3rd
Infantry Division, had just defeated the Germans at the Anzio beachhead in
Italy and were resting for the next push toward Rome. During the lull in the
fighting in that sector, the 3rd Division offered Passover services. Bill
said it was the the strangest Passover he could remember. They couldn't hear
the crunching of the Matzo over the gunfire from the fierce fighting at
Cisterna to the east, but the service went on.