Brenner Pass


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Brenner Pass

(brĕ`nər), Ital. Brennero, Alpine pass, 4,495 ft (1,370 m) high, connecting Innsbruck, Austria, with Bolzano, Italy. The lowest of the principal Alpine passes, it was an important Roman route through which many invasions of Italy were made. A long carriage road was built c.1772, and the railroad was completed in 1867. The pass became the border between Italy and Austria after World War I. During World War II, Hitler and Mussolini held three meetings there. Today the Brenner Highway, constructed in the early 1970s, is one of the major roads between Austria and Italy.

Brenner Pass

a pass over the E Alps, between Austria and Italy. Highest point: 1372 m (4501 ft.)
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This is an intriguing tale of the intertwining destinies and ultimate fates, both tragic and heroic, of two young officers as they attempt to seal the Germans' escape route through the Brenner Pass.
Il Duce ordered four divisions to the Brenner Pass and flew to Vienna to vent his rage and disgust with Hitler.
Tony served in Italy and flew many bombing missions over the critical Brenner Pass connecting Italy and Austria.
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Every Friday night in the summer months, groups of Bavarians whizz through the Brenner Pass from Munich for a weekend's surfing.