It's the 66th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe today.
Over the last year, I've been reading through Winston Churchill's six-volume account of the war and am now on the final book, covering D-Day to the end of the war. In particular, he pays attention to the Italian campaign.
Italy was by no means the "soft underbelly" that people thought it might have been. It was a hard slog up the country - Germany wasn't reached from that direction until very near the end. Few major roads, narrow passes and at times very cold temperatures.
Today, I'm thinking about all those veterans of the Italian campaign and all the others. You truly were the greatest generation.