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Carlo Vecchiarelli: Generale Designato d’armata

by Valdis Kursietis

The following information provides a snapshot of the career of Generale Designato d’armata Carlo Vecchiarelli.

Generale Designato d’armata Carlo Vecchiarelli

Generale Designato d’armata Carlo Vecchiarelli

Born: 10 January 1884 in Cingoli.
Died: 13 December 1948 in Rome.

Promotions

Sottotenente: 7 September 1905
Tenente: 7 September 1908
Capitano: 5 April 1914
Maggiore: 10 December 1916
Tenente colonnello: 7 October 1917
Colonnello: 13 June 1926
Generale di brigata: 10 August 1934
Generale di divisione: 9 September 1937
Generale di corpo d’armata: 31 May 1940
Generale designato d’armata: 3 May 1943

Assignments

15 December 1928 – 16 December 1931: Commanding Officer, 7th Alpine Regiment
16 December 1931 – 10 January 1932: at disposition
10 January 1932 – 10 August 1934: Chief of Staff, Army Corps of Alessandria
10 August 1934 – 1 September 1934: assigned to Army Corps of Alessandria for Special Duties
1 September 1934 – 10 September 1935: Commanding Officer, 1st Alpine Brigade
10 September 1935 – 26 May 1936: General Officer Commanding, 1st Alpine Division Taurinense
26 May 1936 – 10 March 1937: assigned to Army Corps of Torino for Special Duties
10 March 1937 – 9 September 1937: General Officer Commanding, Military Division of Murge
9 September 1937 – 8 November 1938: General Officer Commanding, Infantry Division Murge
8 November 1938 – 1 February 1939: assigned to Army Corps of Bolzano for Special Duties
1 February 1939 – 15 November 1939: General Officer Commanding, 132nd Armored Division Ariete
15 November 1939 – 9 April 1940: General Officer Commanding, V Army Corps
9 April 1940 – 1 September 1940: General Officer Commanding, I Army Corps
1 September 1940 – 14 August 1941: assigned to Ministry of War for Special Duties, Deputy Head, French-Italian Armistice Commission
14 August 1941 – 21 August 1941: at disposition of High Command of Armed Forces of North Africa
21 August 1941 – January 1942: General Officer Commanding, Tripolitania Command (XX Army Corps)
January 1942 – 3 May 1943: Vice Chief of the General Staff for Operations
3 May 1943 – 19 September 1943: Commander-in-Chief, 11th Army

Awards & Decorations

Ufficiale dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 6 January 1941
Cavaliere dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 17 May 1919
Grande ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 27 October 1938
Commendatore dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 19 December 1940
Commendatore dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 19 December 1940
Ufficiale dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 3 June 1937
Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dei SS, Maurizio e Lazzaro
Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 8 July 1917
Croce al merito di guerra: 19 August 1918
Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra Italo-Austriaca coniata nel Bronzo Nemico: 1918
Legion d’Honneur (France): 24 Jan 1918
Distinguished Service Order (Britain): 15 August 1919
Order of St. Anne (Russia): 1919
Croce al Merito di guerra (Czechoslovakia): 1919
Medaglia della Rivoluzione (Czechoslovakia): 1919
Decorazione al merito (Austria): 20 November 1928
Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine di Re Zvonimir (Croatia): 1942
Grand’Ufficiale dell’ordine del principe Pribina di Polonia (Slovakia): 1942
Cavaliere di Gran Croce (Hungary): 1943
Cavalier of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan): 1943

Additional Notes

Carlo Vecchiarelli graduated from the Military School of Infantry and Cavalry of Modena on 7 September 1905. Placed under house arrest on 19 September 1943, he was transferred to the Offizierslager 64Z Schocken official prison camp. On 24 January 1944, he was taken back to Italy, where he arrived on the 28th to serve time in the Scalzi Prison in Verona. The trial against him, held at the court of the Italian Social Republic of Brescia, ended on 11 January 1945 with the sentence of 10 years imprisonment for “anti-German behavior in Greece”. On 25 April 1945, Partisans of the Brescia National Liberation Committee freed him. Carlo Vecchiarelli died on 13 December 1948 due to pulmonary complications resulting from minor surgery at the Celio Military Hospital in Rome. His tomb bears the famous words of St. Paul: “Bonum certamen certavi, cursum consummavi, fidem servavi ” (“I fought the good fight, I finished my race, I kept the faith”).

Sources:
http://www.carlovecchiarelli.it/
Bollettino ufficiale delle nomine, promozioni e destinazioni negli ufficiali e sottufficiali del R. esercito italiano
e nel personale dell’amministrazione militare
Annuario militare del Regno d’Italia
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