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Posted 07 April 2003 - 04:39 AM


general of alpini in russia who died in russia? anyone have any info on him? :-?

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Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:30 PM


I believe the general you are looking for is the following:

Martinat, Brigadier-General Guilio (1891-1943):
37 : Chief of Staff 3rd Alpine Division Julia
: Commanding Officer 11th Alpine Regiment
40 : Chief of Staff XXVI Corps, Greece
42-43: Chief of Staff Alpine Corps, Russia
43 : Killed in Action

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Posted 08 April 2003 - 07:08 PM

thank you :)

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Posted 27 April 2003 - 05:03 AM

how did he die in action?

i was just rere-reading "the seargant in the snow" and i came across a part where the alpini learn of his death

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 08:48 PM

leading the last charge of "Edolo" alpini battalion at Nikolajewka. His body had never been found
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Posted 10 June 2003 - 03:06 PM

Gen. Martinat, chief of staff of the Alpini Armed Corps, had just reached the head of the retreating column on the hill over Nikolajewka. In the preceeding days he was desperately trying to get in touch with the "Julia" and "Cuneense" Alpini Divisions Commands, in order to communicate them the change of route that the coloumn was going to make. There were no radios left with those two divs (the one with the Julia had been destroied, without orders, by the German Liaison Officer. This act - the young officer thought, mistakingly, that the Div. Command end was near, and autonomously decided to destroy the last long range radio - cost the Division its sad faith) and personal contact with them was the only way to communicate with them. Gen. Martinat didn't manage, his efforts notwithstanding, to get in touch with Gens. Ricagno (Julia) and Battisti (Cuneense) and returned to his Command.

As soon as he reached the top of the hill he faced the desperate situation that the remnants of his Corps was facing. The first strike of the remaining of the "Val Chiese" Btl was being defeated by the Russians near the station. The "Edolo" Btl had just arrived on the place and was attacking.

He joined them ("with "Edolo" I begun, with "Edolo" I'll end up") and fought.

Lt. Col. Chierici (Formerly Commander of "Val Chiese" Btl, then of all the column avantgarde) reports that he saw him saying those words and follow the other soldiers. He than heard a loud sound, turned and saw, on the snow towards the infamous railway bypass, the body of Gen Martinat almost cut in two pieces.

This was the end of a man who was later awarded the Golden Medal.


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