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My uncle at war
Posted 27 November 2003 - 07:27 AM
battery in Sicily. He said that he was very disappointed to see how many Italians, instigated by the Mafia entourage
(eg. Lucky Luciano, etc.), deserted the lines.
In his opinion, the coastal defenses were well organized and they could easily push back the Allies attack if only a
minimun front of resistance would have been done...
He said that he was based in an airport near Gela; He said that he's been witness of unbelieveble disasters, for
example, they were waiting for the arrival of the MC202s and the new MC205s: the airport was in a bad shape as it
was bombed several times, the runway was a mess with holes everywhere.
In spite of that, the new fighters were always authorized for landings with the following result:
at least half of them suffered heavy damages at the landing gears with consequent hard landing with the nose and
being put out of service for a long time....
It become a regular bet with his comrades about the number of "safe landings", he told me that once, on 10 CR42s
landing, all crashed!!!
With the AA 90 mm guns the spare glycerine was missing and they usually arranged to use olive oil instead (and with
With his gun, he's been able to destroy 2 Shermans keeping "alzo 0°", he truly believed that the AA 90 mm was an
excellent weapon much better than the 47 used by the Infantry.
With the Mafia my uncle had to deal before the landing of Gela: he was doing his things behind a bush when he saw a
man with his donkey climbing the hill. He saw the same man several times and he noticed that anytime he was going up
there, 30 minutes later two P38s arrive round-up the area.
My uncle and his comrade "smelled the rat" and followed the man: they discovered that he was a spy who (with a
radio) used to inform the Allies about the location of Axes forces in the area.
They captured him and took him to their headquartes, his Captain kept him under surveillance waiting for instructions:
a German officer of the Hermann Goering division heard about the fact and, without a trial, they shoot the prisoner.
My uncle has been promoted Caporal but few days later started the tragedy and the withdrawal that brought Italy to
the civil war...
Posted 27 November 2003 - 10:54 PM
the facts are very interesting: the story about Mafia connections are well known!
During the Fascist era, Mafia lost most of its power and influence in Sicily and Italy (they moved to the States...).
It returned stronger after the Allies' land at Gela...
Posted 27 November 2003 - 11:50 PM
FYI: Luciano got his name "Lucky" because he came back alive from a ride in a car ( he was going to be "hit" ).
Posted 02 December 2003 - 06:41 AM
My father mentioned the other month to me about when he had get togethers here in Australia with groups of vetrans about 1952 playing bowl's alot of them came to the conclusion of something always being wrong. Boxes of amunition marked as the wrong sizes, wrong weapons in general being substituted etc.
Their conclusion was spy's in armament factory's.
With the amount of men claiming this something of the like must have been on the go.
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