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Mario Vercellino: Generale d’Armata

by Valdis Kursietis

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

Generale d’armata Mario Vercellino

Generale d’armata Mario Vercellino

Born: 1o February 1879 in Asti.
Died: 11 July 1961 in San Remo.

Promotions

Sottotenente: 19 October 1898
Tenente: 28 October 1900
Capitano: 30 September 1910
Maggiore:
Tenente colonnello: 25 February 1917
Colonnello:
Generale di brigata: 21 July 1930
Generale di divisione: 10 January 1934
Generale di corpo d’armata: 1 July 1937
Generale d’armata: 29 October 1942

Assignments

5 December 1926 – 1 June 1929: Commanding Officer, 1st Mountain Artillery Regiment
1 June 1929 – 1931: Chief of the Military Information Service
1931 – 15 September 1931: at disposition
15 September 1931 – 17 December 1933: Artillery Commander, Army Corps of Alessandria
17 December 1933 – 10 January 1934: at disposition
10 January 1934 – 8 February 1934: General Officer Commanding, Military Territorial Division of Torino
8 February 1934 – 1 September 1935: General Officer Commanding, Military Division of Superga
1 September 1935 – 1 October 1937: Commandant of Supreme Institute of War
1 October 1937  – 9 April 1940: General Officer Commanding, I Army Corps
9 April 1940 – 1 June 1940: assigned to Ministry of War for Special Duties
1 June 1940 – 9 December 1940: Commander-in-Chief, 6th Army
9 December 1940 – 23 April 1941: Commander-in-Chief, 9th Army
23 April 1941 – 16 November 1942: Aide-de-Camp to the King
16 November 1942 – 12 September 1943: Commander-in-Chief, 4th Army

Awards & Decorations

Commendatore dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 16 January 1941
Grande Cordone dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 11 January 1940
Grande ufficiale dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 16 January 1941
Grande ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 18 July 1935
Commendatore dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 3 June 1938
Commendatore dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 31 December 1925
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 13 September 1917
Croce di Guerra al valore militare

Additional Notes

On 28 January 1944, Mario Vercellino was brought before the Special Court for the Defense of the State and tried for treason in Brescia (“General’s Trial”). He died of heart failure at his home.

Sources:
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
La Stampa
Augusto
Wikipedia

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