The Three Amigo's Memorial

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Reference WMO/279143


Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road



DE13 7AR


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: This memorial is set on a metal frame in front of a Araucaria (Monkey Puzzle) tree. The commemorative plaque describes a very brave action by three Brazilian soldiers in the face of the enemy in April 1945 during the battles on the Gothic Line in Italy. This memorial has been established to reliably inform visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum of the support that the Brazilian nation gave to the Allied effort in World War Two. The memorial was installed in April 2020.
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On the night of the 14th April 1945 three members of the Brazilian Mountain Infantry were on a night reconnaissance patrol near the town of Montessa on the Gothic Line in Italy. As they returned to their own lines they were surrounded by the enemy and after running out of ammunition the enemy called on them to surrender, however they fixed bayonets to their rifles and charged the enemy. The German soldiers called them "Three Brave Brazilians"as sadly they died before Montessa was liberated on the 17th April 1945. Soon after the Brazilians captured two German and one Italian Fascist division and eventually over one million German soldiers surrendered.

Geraldo Baeta Da Cruz Geraldo Rodrigues De Souza Arlindo Lucio Da Silva

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