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
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
L'opuscolo descrive una lotta sanguinosa che durò per quattordici giorni combattuta dalla 78 British ‘Battleaxe’ Division e la 6 British Armoured Division per liberare le sponde... More > del lago che erano sotto l’occupazione della 334 Infanterie-division e la 15 Panzergrenadier-division tedesche. Fa riferimento ai Diari di Guerra britannici ufficiali e le memorie pubblicate per descrivere gli eventi che si svolsero in una delle battaglie dimenticate della Guerra di Liberazione in Italia.< Less
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