A little history for anyone exploring the bunkers. In September 1944, a good friend was captured near the bunkers. He was part of the 509th PIB and was leading a patrol up the pass towards what is now Isola 2000. They were on the foot trail which is still there today. He was wounded and captured along with 4 other members of the 509th. Before we made our trip to Isola and find the place he was captured, he described the area to us in detail. They did not see the bunkers as they were camouflaged back in 1944. His patrol ran across a trip wire and just after they disarmed the trip wire, they noticed German troops down in the valley coming their way. At this time, the mountain erupted with German artillery. As he was running back down the path with tracers going by him, he noticed a small shallow cement ditch which he dove into for protection. The shallow cement ditch is still there, in the middle of nowhere and we found it. It was not very deep as he got shot in the rear lying in the cement ditch. The shallow cement pad is on the right side of the path as you are walking back down the path towards Isola. He jumped out of the cement ditch and into a deeper area next to the path. His group had ran out of ammunition and they were talking small arm and artillery fire. As he was lying there, he put his helmet out in front of him for protection and soon took a direct hit. When he came to, the Germans were taking his watch. Four of his men were hiding behind some bigger rocks just up the ridge from him and were eventually captured. Big rocks were still there. The rest of the patrol made it back to Isola and one member received a Silver Star. The German's also captured several French Soldiers along with the five 509ers. The German's lined everyone up and proceeded to shoot the French and brought the 5 Americans into the bunkers as POW's.
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