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Author Corti, Eugenio, 1921-2014.

Title The last soldiers of the King : wartime Italy, 1943-1945 / Eugenio Corti ; translated by Manuela Arundel ; foreword by Carlo D'Este
Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2003


Description 1 online resource (ix, 329 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Contents pt. 1. June 1944. The Corpo Italiano di Liberazione in Abruzzi ; Entrance into Chieti -- pt. 2. Flashback. The armistice of September 8, 1943, in Nettuno and the dissolution of the army ; Wanderings in Lazio, Abruzzi, and Molise ; The passing of the British-German front ; "Reorganization camps" in Puglia ; The Corpo di Liberazione is formed -- pt. 3. Summer of 1944. The advance of the Corpo continues in Abruzzi ; The advance in the Marches ; The liberation of Macerata, and the battles of Filottrano and the Musone ; At rest in the rear zone -- pt. 4. Fall and winter of 1944-1945. The Corpo di Liberazione goes south for British reequipment ; Rome 1944, the ruins of Cassino, and Naples 1944 ; The winter in Beneventano -- pt. 5. Spring of 1945. On the front again at the "Gothic Line" ; The battle for Bologna and the end of the war ; Milan after the liberation ; The garrison at the Tridentine border
Summary "In the sequel to the highly acclaimed Few Returned, Eugenio Corti, one of Italy's most distinguished postwar writers, continues his poignant account of his experiences as an Italian soldier in the Second World War. In the earlier book, Corti, a twenty-one-year-old lieutenant of artillery, recounts the horrifying experience of the soldiers who were sent to Russia to fight alongside their German ally. On the River Don, the Red Army surrounded Corti and the other members of the Italian force. Of the 30,000 men in the Thirty-fifth Corps, Corti was one of only an estimated 4,000 soldiers to survive the ordeal. Mussolini's dreams of empire were shattered, and his ill-fated Eighth Army no longer existed." "In 1943, after recurrent military defeats, the Italian government and its king, Victor Emmanuel III, forced Mussolini to resign. Italy then signed an armistice with the Allies and ended its alliance with Germany. The Germans immediately occupied northern Italy, which the Axis still held, and reinstated Mussolini in the north. Some Italians remained loyal to facism; many others aligned themselves with the Allies, who were now advancing in southern Italy. Corti's sympathies were with the Allies, and after a harrowing escape from the German-occupied north, he rejoined the Italian Army fighting on the side of the king. The Last Soldiers of the King is Corti's account of the Italian Army's experiences fighting the Germans during the remainder of the war." "In this narrative, Corti depicts the war from the perspective of the average Italian soldier, capturing its boredom and absurdity along with brief periods of savagery, terror, and death. Painting vivid pictures of the sights, sounds, and smells of war, he shows how those men fought alongside the Allies against the Germans. They fought without hatred, driven by a sense of duty and love for their country and a desire to quickly put an end to a war that was destroying so many lives. Corti superbly relates the wandering
Of the remnant of Italian officers and men, as they sought to reestablish themselves as Italian soldiers. The Last Soldiers of the King tells the story of a proud people forced to endure death, poverty, and the virtual destruction of their nation."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Corti, Eugenio, 1921-2014.
Corti, Eugenio, 1921-2014
Italy. Regio Esercito. Corpo italiano di liberazione -- History
Italy. Regio Esercito. Corpo italiano di liberazione
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Italian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Italy
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
Military campaigns
Regimental histories
Weltkrieg 1939-1945
Italy -- History -- Allied occupation, 1943-1947.
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Personal narratives
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Récits personnels.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826214916
Other Titles Ultimi soldati del re. English