Monument to the Folloni formation
On 20 April 1945, the Folloni Brigade of the Modena Armando Division entered the town unopposed. The Germans had withdrawn, blowing up the cliff above the main road to block the road to vehicles. A few days after the partisans, the African-American infantry of the 92nd American “Buffalo” division passed through the town heading for Sestola and Pavullo. The people of Fanano were amazed to see that Americans were people of colour and not white. However, everyone celebrated the liberation.