- Contributed by
- Peter - WW2 Site Helper
- People in story:
- Peter Ghiringhelli
- Location of story:
- Northern Italy 1940-1946
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- Contributed on:
- 11 January 2005
I originally submitted my story "A Childhood in Nazi Occupied Italy" in early November 2003. I relied almost entirely on my memory of those sad days, checking only the dates of the sinking of the Monarch of Bermuda and the Conte Rosso, British and Italian troopships which took my family to Italy in mine-infested water in late June 1940.
I should have know better than to rely on memories of events sixty years previously. Some events I had described were out of chronological order, the worst case was the Battle of San Martino which I was convinced had taken place late in 1944, in fact it was probably the first major battle in the Italian Civil War and took place in November 1943.
Because of this, and some email correspondence I have now recast my story adjusting dates, I have also transposed some paragraphs to accord with changed dates. The German armoured division I saw heading south by rail was probably the 'Herman Göring' Division, formed in Brittany from paratroop regiments and on the move to the Naples area at that time.
I have also now identified the Italian infantry troops who were stationed in Porto Valtravaglia, which I originally remembered as Bersaglieri.
I have also now added a copy of my 1946 travel document. The shirt I am wearing, several sizes too large, was originally my father's. I don't remember who lent me the jacket
Anyone wishing to read the amended version will find it here A1993403 (links do not work from a main story, so to find this link go below to "Link to my story")
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