Wilson - November 18, 1943
I have wondered how it is in daytime – Billy is in Italy (I’m sorry to say) it is much better than Africa but I’m afraid he is experiencing some cold weather now. The papers say there has been snow and so much rain there
Hunter - November 24, 1944
I think I told you how well Maggie’s son John has got on. He spent a day with us lately, with his ribbons, D.F.C., and George M., (the second comes next V.C.) He is as unassuming as ever, tall lad, of 26, but has become rather bald. He has now got a 3 months job to be Personal Assistant to Sir Lloyd. Air Marshall on Chief, Mad. Command & in flying him about will have very interesting contacts, & see Italy, North Africa, The H.Q. is in Malta.
Triesler's May 1945 Campaign in Italy
I spent all day Friday in Venice. Saw the city from a gondola. Visited the Court of St. Mark and saw the famous pigeons. Things here at the lake are about the same. We have an officers’ dance at least once a week. Our athletic program is in full swing. Rumors of what the future holds are flying thick and fast. We’ll probably be shipped to the Pacific, by way of the U.S. When, nobody seems to imagine. It’s nice here…now.
Harry Marek Interview
After our furlough, we were sent to Baltimore, and from there, to Camp Shanks, New York, and to the Army docks. We boarded an Italian Ship that ha run away from the German Navy when it was in Naples, Italy. They somehow played a trick on the German Navy and slipped out of the port, which had been guarded by anti-submarine cable, and got away.
Harry Marek Interview
We were in the 95th Division, Company C. Megglen and I were split up. He was in the first platoon, and I was in the second platoon. We were on our way to Berlin, but first we had a holiday to celebrate, with turkey, dressing and almost all of the trimmings. It was Thanksgiving, 1944. We had nice warm barns to sleep in on the way to Berlin. The cooks tried to have pancakes or scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfasts. The eggs were powdered, but we ate them anyway. Two field stoves went with us wherever we went.
John McAuliffe Interview
Yeah we had to get them out house by house but I don’t think so much as early in the war you know. I mean just in the big cities maybe in Italy and places like that, Rome or places like that. Big cities in Saint Lowe early and right after D-Day there was Saint Lowe and places like that but that was before I got there, they had the 110th fighting in there, but the Bulge was intense because they’d come right back at you, you know.
Heinz von Schilling Interview
I was transferred from the hospital out to Berlin, by plane, and had been made 1st Lieutenant while still in Russia. After 9 months in a Munich hospital I had recovered and had a command as adjutant of the chief of a school for learning how to handle our improved machinery to locate planes, for several hundred Italian officers in Italy (Anzio-Nettunia) for 2 years. When the American invaded Sicily and slowly chased us to the north I belonged again to a DIVISION STAFF as C officer and so came via Firence, Bologna, Verona to Bolzano, where the war ended. I finished my "soldier" life in Merano as a US prisoner and was released in APRIL 1945, in southern Germany.
Heinz von Schilling Images
Pictures of Italian Soldiers.
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