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The Resource Mussolini's death march : eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front, Benvenuto Revelli ; translated and with an introduction by John Penuel

Mussolini's death march : eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front, Benvenuto Revelli ; translated and with an introduction by John Penuel

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Mussolini's death march : eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front
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Mussolini's death march
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eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front
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Benvenuto Revelli ; translated and with an introduction by John Penuel
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  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
"In his quest for military glory, Benito Mussolini sent the Italian Eighth Army to the Eastern Front to help fight the Russians, only to have his forces routed within little more than a month of the launch of the Soviet counteroffensives of the winter of 1942-1943. The Cuneense, a division of mountain troops, was hit especially hard, with only a small percentage of its troops straggling back to Italy; the rest were killed in action or died of frostbite or in captivity from malnourishment, overwork, and disease. All told, the Italians suffered roughly 75,000 dead, more than in their six-month campaign in Greece and Albania or in their three years in North Africa. Nuto Revelli, who fought in Russia himself, interviewed forty-three other survivors of the campaign for a book that has become a classic among Italian war memoirs. First published in Italian in 1966 as La strada del davai, Revelli's account, now available in English, vividly recaptures the experiences and sobering reflections of these men. It provides a chilling look at an experience that, in English-language writing, has been overshadowed by that of the main actors on the Eastern Front. When news of the rout reached Italy, the shock was devastating. In Revelli's home province of Cuneo, the recruiting territory of the annihilated Cuneense Division, some villages lost almost all men of military age. The resulting rage and bitterness later fueled the partisan war against the Germans and Italian fascists. The veterans of Mussolini's Death March speak candidly of nights in the open, of extreme cold, gnawing hunger, and eruptive madness. Thousands who survived the Soviet onslaught were taken prisoner and died on the so-called davai marches--named for Russian guards' command to keep prisoners moving--or later in the camps themselves. Even so, they developed a favorable impression of the Russian people, who provided hospitality in their small houses and aid to the wounded. Together, their recollections provide an eye-opening look at a largely neglected aspect of World War II."--
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Revelli, Nuto
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945.0910922-M
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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Translated from Italian
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Modern war studies
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  • Revelli, Nuto
  • Italy
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Soldiers
  • Soviet Union
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Mussolini's death march : eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front, Benvenuto Revelli ; translated and with an introduction by John Penuel
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Publication
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Original title: La strada del davai
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-521) and index
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text
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Contents
Part 1: If I had a third daughter, I'll name her Vera ; It'll be war and not much else ; Be strong, hold out, you have a family ; Fascists worse than bedbugs ; If you're a capitalist, go back to Italy ; Get out of here before it gets cold ; Mussolini, empire, just war ; I don't want to go back to Italy ; Courage, if we get through, we'll make it home ; I love the country more than before ; A little tube of shaving cream ; Around the world like a bunch of marmots ; The Russians are fair people ; We'll win and it will all be over ; Anyone form Valgrana? ; In Russia we go numb ; We'll die like rats ; It's a single cry: "Help, help, mamma, mamma" ; The timid are bound to die ; Surrender, Italians, you're already prisoners ; For lots of people, war means making money ; Every sunset means one day less ; Not fascists: Alpinist! ; Alpini, you'll all make it back ; Try it again, and I'll smack you upside the head, too ; I know where Russia is, and that's it ; How many fountains I dreamed of in Russia ; You laugh once when you go to war ; The war is over. -- Part 2: A never-ending job ; Those who flee make it ; We are all generals ; We'll go where they take us ; It won't be long now ; Whoever is singing is drunk ; Let Mussolini burn alive ; I'll never go to Italy to kill Italians ; Finally, an order: every man for himself ; Come to Japan with us ; The heroic sacrifice of the Cuneense ; Homo Homini Lupus -- Afterword: The retreat from Russia
Control code
FIEb17353221
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxxiii, 540 pages
Isbn
9780700619085
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)818143724
Label
Mussolini's death march : eyewitness accounts of Italian soldiers on the Eastern Front, Benvenuto Revelli ; translated and with an introduction by John Penuel
Publication
Note
Original title: La strada del davai
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-521) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Part 1: If I had a third daughter, I'll name her Vera ; It'll be war and not much else ; Be strong, hold out, you have a family ; Fascists worse than bedbugs ; If you're a capitalist, go back to Italy ; Get out of here before it gets cold ; Mussolini, empire, just war ; I don't want to go back to Italy ; Courage, if we get through, we'll make it home ; I love the country more than before ; A little tube of shaving cream ; Around the world like a bunch of marmots ; The Russians are fair people ; We'll win and it will all be over ; Anyone form Valgrana? ; In Russia we go numb ; We'll die like rats ; It's a single cry: "Help, help, mamma, mamma" ; The timid are bound to die ; Surrender, Italians, you're already prisoners ; For lots of people, war means making money ; Every sunset means one day less ; Not fascists: Alpinist! ; Alpini, you'll all make it back ; Try it again, and I'll smack you upside the head, too ; I know where Russia is, and that's it ; How many fountains I dreamed of in Russia ; You laugh once when you go to war ; The war is over. -- Part 2: A never-ending job ; Those who flee make it ; We are all generals ; We'll go where they take us ; It won't be long now ; Whoever is singing is drunk ; Let Mussolini burn alive ; I'll never go to Italy to kill Italians ; Finally, an order: every man for himself ; Come to Japan with us ; The heroic sacrifice of the Cuneense ; Homo Homini Lupus -- Afterword: The retreat from Russia
Control code
FIEb17353221
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxxiii, 540 pages
Isbn
9780700619085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)818143724

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