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Mario Berti: Generale d’armata

by Valdis Kursietis

Background on Generale d’armata Conte Mario Berti

The following information provides a snapshot of the career of Generale d’armata Mario Berti.

Generale d’armata Mario Berti

Generale d’armata Mario Berti

Born: 3 February 1881 in La Spezia
Died: 1964 in La Spezia


Sottotenente: 2 September 1901
Tenente: 22 August 1904
Capitano: 1 September 1912
Tenente colonnello: 23 March 1919
Colonnello: 20 August 1922
Generale di brigata: 14 November 1932
Generale di divisione: 1 January 1936
Generale di corpo d’armata: 25 April 1938
Generale d’armata: 7 August 1940


14 November 1932 – 25 January 1933: Inspector of Mobilisation, Military Territorial Division of Torino
25 January 1933 – 20 September 1934: Commander of Artillery, Army Corps of Torino
20 September 1934 – 16 September 1935: assigned to General Staff Headquarters
16 September 1935 – 10 Oct 1936: General Officer Commanding, Infantry Division “Pasubio”
10 October 1936 – 1 April 1938: GOC, 3rd Fast Division “Principe Amedeo Duca d’Aosta”
April 1937 – 10 October 1937: concurrently Deputy General Officer Commanding, Corpo di Truppe Volontarie, Spain
10 October 1937 – November 1938: concurrently General Officer Commanding, Corpo di Truppe Volontarie, Spain
1 April 1938 – 1939: concurrently assigned to Ministry of War for Special Duties
1939 – 5 June 1940: General Officer Commanding, XV Army Corps
5 June 1940 – 30 June 1940: at disposition of the Chief of the General Staff of the Army
30 June 1940 – 23 December 1940: Commander-in-Chief, 10th Army
23 December 1940: at disposition

Awards & Decorations

Commendatore dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 1 May 1939
Ufficiale dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 11 November 1938
Cavaliere Ordine Militare di Savoia: 3 June 1918
Grande ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia:19 November 1936
Commendatore dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 5 May 1939
Commendatore dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 20 April 1933
Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 18 April 1926
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 1 June 1930
Medaglia commemorativa della guerra italo-turca
Medaglia commemorativa dell’Unità d’Italia
Croce di guerra al valor militare
Medaglia commemorativa della guerra italo-austriaca
Distinguished Service Order (UK)
Iron Cross II Class (Germany)

Additional Notes

Generale d’armata Mario Berti received the Distinguished Service Order personally from Winston Churchill for his services during WWI. Berti was initially promoted to Generale di corpo d’armta in September 1937, but the promotion was rescinded by Mussolini when he heard that Berti was unmarried with the motivation: “What kind of general is it that does not care about the raw material of war?“.

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