Pubblicato il 06/11/2014


PARMA- ANSAmed, ovvero la divisione della famosa agenzia giornalistica che diffonde su scala internazionale le notizie del Mediterraneo, in lingua inglese , parlando del 31 Ottobre e della celebrazione presso la Folgore del 72mo della Battaglia di El Alamein, cita il Parco storico realizzato dai paracadutisti sotto la direzione scientifica della Università di Padova.
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El Alamein ‘lost with great honour’, Italian chief of staff

El Alamein ‘lost with great honour’, Italian chief of staff
72nd anniversary of battle. Project to protect Egyptian site

(ANSA med) – LIVORNO, OCTOBER 31 – Italian troops who fought and were defeated in the battle of El Alamein “lost with great honour,” the Italian Defence ministry chief of staff Luigi Binelli Martelli said Friday.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Tuscan port city of Livorno to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 2nd World War battle between Allied and Axis forces in north Africa, Mantelli paid tribute to 3,500 Folgore regiment paratroopers who took part valiantly with very heavy losses sustained against British troops, saying that “spirit of service and cohesion are fundamental elements for the operational capacity of the armed forces.” “The paratroopers have always shown this. El Alamein was a battle that was lost with great honour, facing up to overwhelmingly superior fire power with poor weapons but with great spirit and capacity to resist and to hold up high the honour of Italy”.

The ceremony held at the Vannucci barracks was attended by Army Chief of Staff Claudio Graziano as well as the current commanding officer of the Folgore, Lorenzo D’Addario.

The 13-day battle pitted Allied soldiers under the command of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery against Italian and German troops led by Erwin Rommel from October 23 to November 4, 1942.

Italy has made strides in recent years in reversing the stereotypical image of the Italian soldier’s alleged eagerness to retreat or surrender in WWII.

Two years ago, on October 30, 2012, an historical park was unveiled on the battle site to show visitors key points in the showdown in the Egyptian desert.

The 1942 battle turned the tide in the Allies’ favour despite what is now recognised as uncommon resistance by the Italian soldiers who won praise from Winston Churchill by fighting as fiercely as the Germans against high odds and their own limitations in equipment and weapons.

Padua University has worked with 266 volunteers on the three-year project, wholly funded by private donations, which also aims to protect the site from oil exploration and coastal building development.
There has been an upsurge of interest in the battle in recent years and a greater awareness in Italy and abroad of the courage shown by the Italian soldiers who fought there.

A major exhibition on the battle was staged in Milan in 2008, when documentaries were shown on national TV and the movie ‘El Alamein’ came out. (ANSAmed).

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