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    Italian popular singers and songs in WWII?

    I just found online an apparently wartime Italian version of Lili Marlene (). It set me to wondering what were the home grown popular songs in the Italian Army and who was their Vera Lynn? Cheers, Sid
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Hi Maurizio, Many thanks. That indicates that Monaco was treated as a distinct entity by the Italian Army, rather than as just another part of their coastal defences in southern France. Could you clarify what each symbol in the jpg for the Settore Costiere Reggimentale di Monaco means? Many...
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    Is this 60 year old book still the most comprehensive in English on Italian aircraft in the Fascist era?

    Is Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945 by Jonathan Thompson still the most comprehensive in English on Italian aircraft in the Fascist era and WWII? It is noticeable that the otherwise pretty comprehensive Putnam series on the aircraft of WWII never published one on the Italians. This...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Hi Jeff, Thanks. I have just found "La Guardia alla Frontiera" by Massimo Ascoli on line and this seems to answer my queries. As one of Maurizio's maps shows above, Monaco did not fall under 4th Army but fell within an area taken over by Italian frontier troops, as you suspected from the...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Regarding the Italian preoccupation with the American consulate in Monaco: On 5 November, just three days before US forces invaded French North Africa, the USA prudently moved its Nice consulate to Monaco. The Consul, Walter Orebaugh, was a contact through whom the French Resistance in the...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Returning to the Alpini theme: Les Alpes-Maritimes 1939-1945 by Jean-Louis Panicacci (p.171) gives an Italian OB drawn from "USSME, Situazione descrittiva delle unita" that includes the following on "223e division costiere": 166e regiment d' "Alpini costieri" Villefranche - St, Laurent du Var...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    According to a French Resistance (FTP) report of 28 June 1943: "MONACO : 4 regiment du Genie. Environs de St Antoine effectif d'une batterie, piece non identifie." Was there a 4th Engineer Regiment in the local Italian order of battle? The "batterie" may be the two ceremonial signal guns...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Monaco was surrounded by several forts of the French Alpine Line (Ouvrage Mont Agel, Ouvrage Roquebrunne, Ouvrage Croupe du Reservoir, Ouvrage Cap Martin), which were presumably manned by the Italians after November 1942. Their artillery covered the Principality. Until the Italian Armistice...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Hi Jeff, That would make sense. Any frontier guards previously deployed on the Italian/Vichy border would have been redundant there after November 1942. Cheers, Sid.
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    Hi Maurizio and Jeff, Thanks. These linked photos seems to show Alpini were in Monaco at some stage: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-geography-travel-monaco-politics-italian-and-german-occupation-1942-28087672.html A book on Monaco indicates that the Italians set up an HQ in a villa in the...
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    Which sub-units of the 58th Legnano Division occupied Monaco over November 1942 to September 1943?

    As I understand it, the occupation of Monaco from November 1942 to September 1943 was carried out by part of the 58ª Divisione di fanteria "Legnano". Does anyone know what sub-units of this division were deployed in Monaco and what headquarters was stationed there? Were any other units not of...
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    A list of Italian Army, Red Cross and Knights of Malta hospital trains?

    Hi DrG, I think I know who might have provoked bad temper in you on AHF. Sorry. I will try to be less of a pain here. I have now had a chance to look at the "Rivista Militare" link you gave and it has everything I could have wished for. Many thanks, indeed. The film is very well made compared...
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    A list of Italian Army, Red Cross and Knights of Malta hospital trains?

    Hi DrG and jwleser, Thank you very much indeed. I posted more in hope than expectation. It is good to see that Comando Supremo still has such depth of expertise. I was a member a good decade or more ago and was a bit surpised to be a "New Member". I am following this subject after seeing a...
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    A list of Italian Army, Red Cross and Knights of Malta hospital trains?

    Hi, I am trying to compile a list of Italian hospital trains in WWII. Does anyone know of such a list? It appears that the Italian Army medical services, the Red Cross and the Knights of St. John numbered their hospital trains in a single sequence. So far I have the following for 8th Army on...
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    Death of the Italian pilot Francesco Volpi, 1914-2019. 236 missions during WWII.

    Hi gttf and Pasqual, Many thanks Most helpful. Sid
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    Death of the Italian pilot Francesco Volpi, 1914-2019. 236 missions during WWII.

    On 6 January he Daily Telegraph published an obituary of Francesco Volpi. He had been born under Austro-Hungarian rule in 1914. He learnt to fly in 1935 on a Ca.100 biplane and at one point his commanding officer was Italo Balbo. At the outbreak of war he was serving with the airline Ala...
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    15,000 Italian "non-cooperator" POWs in the USA.

    According to Italian Prisoners of War in America, 1942-1946 by Louis E. Keefer, "After Italy surrendered to the Allies, 25,000 of these (Italian) POWs worked with the US Army as "co-operators" in Italian Service Units." The 15,000 "non-co-operators" remained in stockades until release in 1945...
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    When did members of Marshal Graziani's family find sanctuary in the Vatican City State?

    I have seen reference to Graziani's daughter finding sanctuary in the Vartican City State in 1944. What is not clear is whether this was before or after the Allies occupied Rome. Any ideas? Many thanks.
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    Was there ever a designated successor to Mussolini as Duce?

    Did Mussolini have a designated successor at any stage? Was there any post ressembling a "Sub-Duce"? Was there any legal apparatus to govern any possible succession? Many thanks, Sid.
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