Fire on the Mountain tells the heroic and gripping story of America's 10th Mountain Division during World War II. A highly specialized gathering of the world's finest skiers and mountain climbers, the 10th Mountain Division was assembled and underwent grueling high altitude training as Germany strengthened its hold on the mountainous regions of northern Italy.
Once deployed, its fourteen thousand soldiers ascended the supposedly impenetrable Riva Ridge of Italy's Apennine range, ambushing and defeating a key German stronghold and pushing Nazi forces into retreat.
Now largely recognized for being the strongest single force in defeating the German army in Italy, the 10th Mountain Division is also remembered for creating the men who went on to found much of America's conservation movement. Former soldier and the Sierra Club's first executive director, world famous conservationist David Brower, tells of how his inspiration was drawn from his time spent with the division.