Braided in Fire: Black GIs and Tuscan Villagers on the Gothic Line 1944

Solace Wales (Author)
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Knox Press
Publish Date
June 30, 2020
5.9 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.41 pounds

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About the Author

Our author is Solace Wales. Former director of the International Child Art Center in San Francisco, Ms. Wales, and her artist husband have lived part of the year in Sommocolonia since the early 1970s 1975. Ms Wales has interviewed both the villagers in Italy and surviving Buffalo Soldier African-American veterans and their families across the United States. In 1997, she was invited by the White House to attend the long overdue ceremony where President Clinton recognized African Americans serving in WWII including BRAIDED IN FIRE's protagonist, Lt. John Fox. Ms. Wales is the Representative to Other Countries for Associazione Ricreativa Sommocolonia 'Association for the Renewal of Sommocolonia, ' (ARS), a non-profit organization formed in 2011, The museum attracts a large Tuscan audience as well as many tourists who will want to learn more about the village experience through BRAIDED IN FIRE. Wales will do fund raisers for the new museum in the US, England and elsewhere creating a wider audience. On the 75th anniversary of the Sommocolonia battle, December 26, 2019, the museum, honoring men of the 366th Infantry Regiment who fought in the battle, will host a commemoration bound to attract major media attention.


"Braided in Fire tells the story of Lieutenant John Fox, a forward artillery observer and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, who directed friendly artillery fire on his own position as German troops overran Sommocolonia, Italy, on December 26, 1944. Fox's selfless sacrifice went unrecognized by the U.S. government for half a century simply because he was black. Solace Wales has invested decades in researching this instance of forgotten valor, producing a rich tapestry that interweaves the experiences of the black GIs and Italian villagers caught in the hellish maelstrom that engulfed Sommocolonia the day John Fox died. The result is a moving meditation on the cost of war and a tribute to the African Americans who fought for a country that treated them like second-class citizens."--Gregory J.W. Urwin, Professor of History, Temple University, author of Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island