U.S. military 1944, Lucca, Italy
I came across this website while I was doing a search on Lucca during WWII. My mom was a young girl of 12 living in the town of Cerasomma, Lucca (population @300 - just on the border of Pisa). Of course when she speaks about those years, there were many sad and terrifying moments, but she speaks of the summer/fall of '44 as having a slightly better outlook, when the Americans came and forced the Germans out and helped to start reconstruction of the roads and bridges. There was a group of soldiers who set up camp right in Cerasomma. Some, but not all were African-American. In the morning, after the soldiers had their breakfast, she and a group of children from the town would go and get their leftovers, since there was not much food for them to eat otherwise. That was her introduction to the American breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup. She now lives in the US and will always order pancakes when we go out for breakfast. Is there a way to detirmine who was there at that time? The way she desccribed it, it couldn't have been very many soldiers. Would appreciate it if anyone out there has any related memories.
Thanks, Laura Raffiani