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Archivio dell'Esercito Italiano

jwsleser

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I finish four wonderful days in the Italian Army archive. I felt like a kid in the candy store with no idea when I could return. So much material and so little time.
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As I was going through the folders, I was tempted to photograph documents that weren't related to my current research but were of interest in general. I had to force myself not to take the time or I would be able to visit all the files I had on my list.
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I had purchased a document camera that worked quite well, although it needed a taller stand. I ended up using books to get the camera to the height I needed.
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One concern I had about the staff never happened, the archive staff was great to work with and accommodated many of my additional requests. . Once the archivist understood my research area, he took the time to go through the collect index and recommended other files to look at. Because of him, I have photos of Ramcke's briefing on his observations of the Italian paratroopers which he gave to Mussolini on 11 April 1942.

In all, I was able to photograph almost all the documents in the archive related to the paracadutisti. Now I will need time to go through it all.
 

jwsleser

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The USSME closed their book store during COVID (it is still closed). I took a chance and asked if I could buy some books to take back with me. Fortunately they said yes. So I completed my set of the Diario Storico del Comando Supremo. These books are available to read online, but that is awkward (IMHO) for me when doing research (I use a lot of sticky tabs). So I bought the missing books.
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I picked the books up this morning from the USSME. Now I need to figure out which books to carry and which books to put in my suitcase so I stay under weight (my Lady did clear me to pay for the extra weight if needed. She understands me).

I had a little time for some sightseeing...... St Peter's Square.
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Finally back to my room for some research and posting. Researching the Italian way....
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I do have plans to return to the archive at some future date. So much to dig through....
 

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DrG

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Hi Jeff! The "funniest" thing is that the "Diario Storico del Comando Supremo" has been published only up to 30 April 1943 not because the following months are unavailable (I guessed they had been lost after the armistice), but because they finished the funds and then they never resumed its publication. :confused: But their typewritten originals should be available to researchers at the USSME, anyway.
 

jwsleser

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I asked whether they were planning to finish the set. They stated that the documents had been sent to the publisher (I don't know whether the originals or copies) but....

So yes, likely funding. My friends in Rome keep telling me the Italian military is not well funded.
 

jwsleser

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I am back in the US from my visit to the archives. What an amazing experience. I have told my Lady that we will go back next year. Much more to see and photograph. I found a very nice B&B in the Prati so likely will use them again.
 

Darren Marshall

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Happy for your experience. I have visited the historical office several times when I was living in Rome. What documents have you viewed?
 

jwsleser

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Darren

It must have been nice to have that type of access.

I was pulling documents on the paracadutisti. I had 702 pages of documents when I was finished. I just starting to work through all the material.

What topics were you researching?
 

Darren Marshall

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Darren

It must have been nice to have that type of access.

I was pulling documents on the paracadutisti. I had 702 pages of documents when I was finished. I just starting to work through all the material.

What topics were you researching?
Well mostly about the Sicily and the occupation of Albania. I Have a lot of material even from the Ufficio Storico Marina and Aeronautica.
 

1089maul

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Jeff,
Thanks for sharing your visit and photographs with us. It sounds a very interesting visit!
Regards,
Bob
 

jwsleser

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Darren

I copied these three documents on the Albanian regiments before I decided I needed to focus on the paracadutisti or I would never get through the files I had wanted to search.

Costituzione dei depositi del 1º - 2º e 3º reggimento fanteria albanese. 1º febbraio 1942 (six pages)

Costituzione dei reggimenti di fanteria albanese 1º, 2º e 3º. 24 febbraio 1942. (two pages)

Costituzione dei depositi del 1º - 2º e 3º reggimento fanteria albanese. 12 marzo 1942 (two pages)

If you don't have these and would like to have them, PM your email address and I will send them to you. If you already have them or no longer interested, not a problem.

Pista! Jeff
 

Andreas

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Sorry it didn't work out Jeff. Hopefully next time!

All the best

Andreas
 

jwsleser

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Agree Andreas. Life does have a habit of changing plans :)
 
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