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WWII Stories of the First Special Service Force in Italy

1.25 hours
Group size
Up to 40 people

Memorial Day Exclusive: Get insider access to a World War II museum in Italy with a history expert.

Join Gianni, a historian and honorary member of the First Special Service Force Association, for this one-day-only Online Escape. Together, you’ll explore the Museo del Secondo Risorgimento, a World War II history museum outside of Monte Cassino—site of one of the war’s greatest Allied victories. Gianni has a deep connection to the region he’ll be livestreaming from at the base of Monte la Difensa. He’ll transport you back to 1943–1944, when a well-constructed and fortified system of Axis defensive lines stretched across central Italy, from sea to sea, to stop the Allied advance. You’ll hear how the First Special Service Force, known as the Devil's Brigade, fought in battles along the Winter Line as Gianni shares stories and memorabilia. Discover how the bravery and sacrifices of this elite American-Canadian commando unit ultimately led to the Allied liberation of Rome on June 4, 1944. This Memorial Day-only Online Escape will give you the opportunity to reflect on the past and honor those who've lost their lives while serving in the US military.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • An interest in WWII history


Overall rating 3.9 out of 5
Based on 19 authentic and unedited participant reviews
WWII Stories of the First Special Service Force in Italy
05/27/20 by Kathleen

This online escape explored many little known facts and behind the scenes stories associated with World War II, which I found to be simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking. It was presented with in-depth knowledge and ...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/29/2020

Hi Kathleen! Thank you for your kind words about your host, Gianni. We will make sure to forward your feedback to him. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you...

Great Experience
05/26/20 by Chris

Gianni gave a great tour and is obviously very passionate about the subject. It's great that these are available, we really enjoyed our time with him and look forward to meeting on a tour one day in the future!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/29/2020

Hi Chris! We would love to travel with you on one of our tours as soon as it is safe. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your thoughts!

Interesting and informative
05/26/20 by Karen

Gianni was so well versed on WWII, and offered interesting insights into the First Special Service Force Association. His personal story of how he became involved with this group, and the stories of the men who fought in thi...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/29/2020

Hi Karen! Thank you for taking a few minutes to let us know about your Escape. We appreciate you letting us know what can be improved - we will certainly let the Escapes team now a...

05/26/20 by Anonymous

Not at all what I expected. No context. It might have worked if we were on a tour with him.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/28/2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that this Escape did not meet your expectations - if you'd like to provide additional feedback, you can reach us at 800-59...

Good topic, interesting information
05/26/20 by Jo

This was a fabulous idea and a good speaker. However, the format did not "take me there" as I was hoping. The speaker was too far away and inside the museum, the displays were too far away to see what they were. At the begi...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/29/2020

Hello Jo, thank you for providing us with such insightful and important feedback. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share more about your experience. We are sorry that thi...

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