The name of this museum drew inspiration from the original name Hitler gave the German line marked along the Apennines in 1943-44: Goten Linie, meaning Gothic Line
, it is situated where Germans had built an observation post overlooking the Foglia Valley in order to resist the attack of the allied forces flocking to the Po Valley.
The Museum offers tourists an insight into the places where the Montegridolfo battle
occurred and the breakthrough of the German lines (August 31/September 1, 1944). It is divided into two sections
In the first one
, the tour starts with the display of an English military "Gospel" which was placed in the upper pocket of the uniform, close to the heart. This section features outstanding war memorabilia
given by local inhabitants (cartridge cases, hand-grenade fragments, gas masks, packets of cigarettes and so on). It also includes a collection of the weapons belonging to the enemy armies. Photographs
are dispalyed in a chronological order.
section gathers a collection of German and Allied model soldiers
; among these, the "Liberator", the strong allied bombardier.
The walls host large cases depicting both Italian-German and Allied prints
dating back to 1943-45 (posters, postcards and so on); they are gathered according to precise theme criteria; there are also detailed descriptions aimed at making visitors aware of the war propaganda. Other cases show war magazines going over the most significant phases of the conflict.
The itinerary ends with the visit to a symbolic evidence: a metal cartridge case
which have been cut in order to let visitors admire the nest of graet tit
Not to be missed is the visit to two of the eleven shelters
civil people built in 1944 to take refuge during the conflict.