"With Lieutenant Thomas Wedderburn, who was nicknamed "Tojo" for his short stature and thick glasses, Challenor moved across mountainous terrain by night until they found their objective, a tunnel on the La Spezia-Bologna line. As they finished placing their charges, they heard a train approaching on the "down" line and had to sprint for their lives out of the tunnel. Moments after the first explosion, a second train rattled into the tunnel on the "up" line. Both trains were derailed and destroyed amid an almighty cacophony of torn metal and splintered wood, and the line was completely blocked.
A few days later, Tanky and Tojo blew up another train on the Pontremoli-La Spezia line for good measure, then set off southwards in the hope of finding the Allied lines. They walked for 300 miles until they reached L'Alquila, some 80 miles north of Cassino, where the Allied advance had stalled. Here a peasant matriarch, Mama Eliseio, took them in Âuntil they were finally captured, just after C
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