The last Partisan offensive: the Monte Lancio ridge
In the American plans, the final phase of operation “Encore”, called “Jump off” was scheduled for mid April 1945. The plan of operations also involved the use of Armando’s partisans, who were to start from the Dardagno Valley and take the Monte Lancio ridge, above Fanano. The operation began on 16 April, in association with the partisans from the Costrigano brigade, who were in the mountains on the Pistoia side of the main watershed. The first assault was beaten back, but on 19 April the partisans took the peaks and heights of Cima Tauffi, Monte Rondinara (Costrignano), Monte Lancio and Montemezzano di sopra (Armando). The next day, 20 April, Armando’s partisans entered Fanano, where the Germans had withdrawn.
In Armando's words:
Armando [Mario Ricci]