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An Honourable Man By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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According to the former mayor of a small town in Umbria, in a daring escapade carried out on a June night in 1944 in German-occupied Italy, he and a group of fellow partisans rescued some Jews from a... More > concentration camp on a small island in the middle of Lake Trasimeno, thus saving them from deportation to the gas chambers of the Third Reich. But history is always written by the victors, and the son of the Fascist camp commander, who knows what really happened, is determined to make his voice heard before he dies. His political opponents have always shrugged off his testimony and it is only after an enquiry sparked off by the chance discovery of an early Jewish manuscript in the University of Perugia that they are finally forced to face up to the truth.< Less
The Bridge at Allerona By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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In this book the survivors of one of the worst cases of friendly fire in World War 2 tell their story. On 28 January 1944 twenty-seven B-26 bombers from 441, 442, 443 and 444 squadrons, 320 Bomb... More > Group, United States Army Air Force, bombed a bridge over the river Paglia at Allerona to the north of Orvieto, Italy. At the time a Prisoner of War train carrying Allied servicemen from PG Camp 54 Fara in Sabina to Germany was crossing the bridge. The exact composition of the train, and the number of persons aboard, is still open to conjecture: the majority of the card-indices and transfer documents were destroyed with the train. The British authorities learned about what happened through the interception of German communications, and on 14 February British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in passing on the information to President Roosvelt via a special ULTRA message, was insistent that the bombing should remain top secret as a leak would point directly to British control of the German code.< Less
The Arezzo Massacres A TuscanTragedy By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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This book examines the relationship between partisan activities and Nazi-fascist massacres (during which over one thousand civilians were killed ) in the Italian province of Arezzo during the spring... More > and summer of 1944. It traces the growth of the partisan movement and the widening of its activities, beginning with the disarming of the Carabinieri and the cutting of telegraph wires and ending not only with attacks on German convoys but with actual battles with the German troops and their fascist supporters The clamorous massacres of Vallucciole, Partina, Civitella in Valdichiana, San Pancrazio, Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni, San Giustino and San Polo are described as are all other instances when smaller numbers of civilians were killed in reprisals Sources include partisans' and survivors' individual testimonies, memorial tablets and monuments,accounts written by village priests, local historians and British soldiers, and German and Allied War Diaries< Less
The Liberation of Lake Trasimeno By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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The Advance of the British 8 Army after the fall of Rome on 6 June 1944 was brought to an abrupt halt along the Trasimene or Albert Line. This short volume uses the War Diaries of the units who... More > fought along the lake shore, and of those units which were sent to the lake for rest and respite later on in the Italian Campaign, to tell the story of what happened on one section of the line.< Less
A Line of Shirts By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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The story of a Derbyshire family from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day
A History of the Dethick Family of Dethick 1200-1918 Revised Version By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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The book traces the history of the Dethick family from its beginnings in the hamlet of Dethick in Derbyshire in the 13th Century to its expansion into Norfolk, Ireland, London, Staffordshire,... More > Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and also into the New World and Australia< Less
The Long Trail Home By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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During the Second World War the small landlocked Italian region of Umbria was crossed by thousands of Allied servicemen. There were those entrained for camps in Northern Italy, in Germany or in... More > German-controlled territories. There were those belonging to work parties who came in open trucks from Campo PG 54 at Fara in Sabina to construct a new camp, Campo PG 77 at Pissignano, or to swell the much-depleted indigenous labour force in a cement factory and brickworks and were interned in PG 115 (Morgnano) and PG 115/3 (Marsciano). There were men from the Special Air Services (SAS) who had been parachuted in to carry out special missions. There were the American airmen whose planes had been shot down from the Umbrian skies. There were the escapers and evaders who in trying to reach the Allied Lines or neutral Switzerland walked the Appenines. There were two submariners from HM Submarine Saracen who were held in Perugia gaol before being sent to Dachau. This is their story.< Less
The Liberation of Vaiano and La Villa By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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When old enemies from Cassino 4 British Infantry Division and 1 German Parachute Division met up again on the Trasimene Line at Vaiano the result was a bloody battle in which 61 Allied servicemen... More > lost their lives. This booklet tells the story of what happened using the War Diaries< Less
I Massacri di Arezzo. Una Tragedia Toscana By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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Questo libro prende in esame la relazione tra le attivita partigiane ed i massacri nazi-fascisti nella Provincia di Arezzo. Vengono descritti i clamorosi massacri di Vallucciole, Partina, Civitella... More > in Valdichiana, San Pancrazio, Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni, Meleto, San Giustino, San Polo e Falzano, insieme a tanti altri episodi in cui gruppi più piccoli di civili furono uccisi per rappresaglia. Si ricordano anche quegli episodi in cui i partigiani persero la vita per le mani del loro propri oppositori.Le fonti includono testimonianze individuali di partigiani e sopravvissuti, resoconti scritti da sacerdoti, Diari di Guerra tedeschi e alleati, storie locali, il racconto di un soldato britannico di come la sua compagnia liberò alcuni ostaggi, l'Enciclopedia dell'Antifascismo e della Resistenza, tavole commemorative e monumenti.< Less
Il Cimitero di Guerra di Assisi By Janet Kinrade Dethick
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Nel Cimitero di Guerra del Regno Unito ed il Commonwealth, locato a Rivotorto, Assisi, risultano sepolti 941 militari conosciuti e quattro sconosciuti; insieme a loro ci sono quattro italiani... More > appartenenti alla no. 1 Special Force d'intelligence britannica. 903 erano soldati e 41 aviatori. Di uno si sa solo che era di nazionalità britannica. Dividendo i morti per nazione, ci sono 802 britannici, 55 sudafricani, 49 canadesi e 29 neozelandesi. 10 appartenevano ai reparti indiani. Solo nove di questi militari morirono il 17 giugno 1944, giorno in cui la città di Assisi fu liberata. Gli altri, secondo il sito ufficiale della CWGC, furono portati ad Assisi 'dai campi di battaglia circostanti'. Questo libro non solo elenca i campi di battaglia, ma fa riferimento agli ospedali da campo ed anche alle altre circostanze in cui alcuni militari incontrarono la morte, fra i quali 17 prigionieri di guerra che morirono in Umbria, Lazio ed Abruzzo prima del passaggio del fronte.< Less