In February of 1945, the Army’s 10th Mountain Division did the near-impossible. On a cold winter night, the division scaled a 2,000-foot cliff in northern Italy and knocked the German army off what was thought to be an impenetrable perch. The success of this mission did more than turn the tide for the Allies in Italy. It revolutionized how mountain warfare was conducted, and transformed the nature of winter sports at home.
This Sunday, Vermont Public Television airs a documentary that tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division, “The Last Ridge.” Among the veterans interviewed for the film is Stuart Elkind of Quechee, who was 18-year-old corporal in 1945. He talked to VPR’s Neal Charnoff about the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division.
The Last Ridge airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Vermont Public Television.