here’s a small piece of Italian History; it’s one of the original leaflets that were found in all Regio Esercito’s,Marina’a and Aereonautica’s barracks, offices and Commands immediately after the September 8th 1943 Armistice.It “invites” al the “interested parties”,i.e soldiers and officers of every branch to gather with weapons and equipment to this or that Caserma at the disposal of the occupying German Forces.In case of refusal….make a quick Google search for “Cefalonia Massacree”!
My late father went to his Command in Rome, kindly replied “Thanks but..no thanks!”,was brought to the station the very next day,understood that the next stop would have been the last,i.e. Germany or Austria,left his backpack on the ground,crawled under the train and sneaked out of the station…and after a few months odyssey joined the USAAF with the older of his two brothers-he didn’t like to talk about that often but when he did…MASH wasn’t that far from truth-…while another-a tanker-didn’t even take this flyer into consideration,“stole” his own staff car and drove straight southwards until he reached the Canadians who at first rightly looked at him very suspiciously only to be reassured by a certain person that he was “clean”.After a while he was wearing a new uniform and fought his way with the Royal Canadian Dragoons back to Venezia,nearly loosing one eye when his armored car hit a mine somewhere near the Gothic Line.The driver-a young unexperienced boy-died when he jumped out of the damaged vehicle only to land straight onto a German Anti-Personnel mine!!
This leaflet has been nonchallantly recycled by the Germans one year and three months later and on its back Major Hupfer of the Cuneo Platz Kommandantur asks the Italian Engineers to build a wood stand for an electric saw!!!