A friend of mine is doing some research.
He is trying to find some first hand accounts from Italians fighting on the Eastern Front. I said I knew the very people to ask
Does anybody have any good information or knows a good place to look?
Hi Joe. I have a really long list of books, but all of them are in Italian language.
If they are OK for your friend, I can send you the list, including a short summary of each book. - Let me know.
Many thanks Bear, but I’m afraid he doesn’t speak Italian :o
Sorry, I should have said. He is looking for references to books or websites in English.
I suppose you already know these links:
and this, about our own Dunkirk (on foot!):
Please note that the greatest book about Italians in Russia has been also published in English:
Mario Rigoni Stern: “The sergeant in the snow” (Marlboro Press - 1998)
Is is really first hand: Rigoni was an Alpini Troops Sergeant…fought Germans after coming back from Russia, and was consequently sent to a Lager in Germany…
Thanks MonsTTer for suggestions. I will look if any other book about Italians in Eastern Front was translated in English.
A few of them here following.
This is another withness of the Italian retreat in Russia:
Eugenio Corti - Few Returned
The following is a novel, but based on real facts happened to the author, who fought on the Eastern Front. Anyway worth to be read:
Eugenio Corti - The Red Horse
From the same author, about Italian soldiers after the armistice of Sept 8th, 1943: Eugenio Corti - The last soldiers of the King
About Sergeant in the Snow, highlighted by MonsTTer:
I will look for more titles in English
These are great, thanks Bear and Monstter.
I really didn’t know where to begin. I am only very slowly learning more about Italian campaigns and it looks like I have a lot more to learn.
I’ll pass these suggestions on this evening.