Italian generals who died during the war

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 21 Mar 2007 12:02

Generale di brigata puis Generale di divisione puis Generale di corpo d'armata puis Generale d'armata Prince Amedeo II di Savoia-Aoste Duc d'Aoste (21/10/1898-03/03/1942): vice-roi d'Ethiopie et gouverneur général et commandant en chef de l'Afrique Orientale Italienne (I) (-19/05/41). 03/03/42 il meurt en captivité. [Avant la guerre: vice-roi d'Ethiopie et gouverneur général et commandant en chef de l'Afrique Orientale Italienne (21/12/37-).]

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Post by zaptiè » 23 Mar 2007 16:52

Maraffa , as Comandante Generale of PAI was in the rank like a Generale di Divisione.
Pai was a police corp separate from police, dependent to the Ministero delle Colonie for police affairs and to the Army for military affairs

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Post by zaptiè » 23 Mar 2007 17:03

general Ferrante Gonzaga ( heir of the famous Gonzaga family , ex ruler of Mantua)was the commandant of the 222 Costal division ( Anzio - Salerno sector)and was killed by germans on the evening of 8 september 1943 when tied to resist . Was the first general killed by Germans

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 24 Mar 2007 13:12

About Ferrante Gonzaga, he was in an observation post when the news of the announcement of the armistice came. A German officer with an armed escort arrived at the post and demand the surrender of the 22nd Coastal Division. But the General, with a gun on his hand,refused and even ordered his men to resist. But a bullet from an automatic rifle hit and killed him.

These is my records of his death, is it correct?

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 24 Mar 2007 13:16

Zaptiè wrote:

Maraffa , as Comandante Generale of PAI was in the rank like a Generale di Divisione.
Pai was a police corp separate from police, dependent to the Ministero delle Colonie for police affairs and to the Army for military affairs


About Maraffa, can you tell me how he died and where? Can I know also his biography?

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Post by HFK » 28 Mar 2007 04:26

Hi Baron, Maligayang Pasko. Army Gen Div Luigi Manzi, 1883-1941, Was KIA in 1941. I mentioned earlier the Air Force had 11 generals KIA. I have only the following names : 1- Italo Balbo, 2 Brig Gen Stefano Cagna, 1901-1940, KIA August 1940. 3- Brig Gen Enrico Pezzi, 1897-1942, KIA russia Dec 1942. The Navy had 10 admirals kia. I have only the following names: 1- ADM Carlo Bergamini, 1888-1943, KIA Sept 1943. 2- Stanislao Caraciotti, Kia in 1943. 3- Carlo Cattaneo, 1883-1941, KIA March 1941. In addtion, I have the name of DIV gen Licio Giorgeri, KIA in 1945. I suspect he fought with the SRI firces. That's all that I can add to your list at this time. Regards, HFK

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 13 Apr 2008 09:30

Here's a good picture of Generale di Brigata Orlando Lorenzini, when he was still a major:

http://www.sahara.it/bm/saharaThree/cul ... rzuq.shtml

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 17 Apr 2008 08:17

Generale di Corpo d’Armata Giuseppe Tellera, Chief of Staff of the North African Theater Command and Acting Commanding Officer of Italian 10 Army was killed on 08 February 1941 near Beda Fomm. Tellera himself rode into battle in an Fiat-Ansaldo M13 tank during the furious but ultimately unsuccessful three-day battle to break through the British roadblocks at Beda Fomm, which prevented 10 Army's further retreat and led to its ultimate surrender. The battle was characterized by repeated - though poorly-coordinated - frontal attacks by the Italian armour, and during one of these Tellera's vehicle was disabled, and the general mortally wounded. He was found inside the tank by the British after the battle ended, and died in the hospital the following day. (Michael F. Yaklich; The Second World War - A Day by Day Account). According to the book A Don At War by David Hunt (Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 1990; page 55) he had his blown off by a direct hit from a two pounder anti-tank gun. Other sources states that he was hit by a bullet and died on the field. After the explosion of the gun in his tank, he was found badly wounded, bleeding to death in a tent. His body was given full military honors later in Benghazi.

General di Brigata Pietro Maletti, the Commanding Officer of the Gruppo Maletti (the only armored unit of the Italian Army in North Africa), was killed by a chance two-ounder solid shot when British and Indian troops attacked his encampment in a camp at Nibeiwa, early dawn on 10 December 1941. He and his staff with most of his men were taking their breakfast when the attack commenced. He, realizing that the defences were not manned effectively, shouted orders. Reportedly, the general was still clad in his pajamas when he sprang from his dug out tent, with a light machine gun in his hand he begun firing from the hip, but fell dead from an answering burst from a British tank. He died with a bullet through his chest His son beside him was struck down and captured, so with the chief of staff and other fifty officers.

Generale di Brigata Oralando Lorenzini, Commanding Officer of the 2 Colonial Infantry Brigade of the 65 Infantry Division Granatieri di Savoia, was killed in March 1941 in the heights of Keren in Ethiopia during a British artillery bombardment, having his head blown off by one of the British guns. He was one of the six senior Italian officers who became casualties in taking Fort Dologorodoc during the Battle of Keren. He was buried at the place of his death, on it were his boots and spurs and sword.

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Post by P.108 » 26 Aug 2010 16:23

Steen Ammentorp wrote:Gen. di brig. Alberto Murer (Died of illness as German prisoner)


I have found that he was killed by a german 'kapo' in the Flossenbürg concentration camp

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Post by Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. » 02 Sep 2010 08:40

Could you give us a detailed account on what you have found out about his demise?

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Post by Minotauros » 03 Sep 2010 22:03

Generale di Brigata Vincenzo Ferrante GONZAGA Marchese del VODICE was killed in a firefight on 8 IX 1943 in Buccoli di Eboli caves when he resisted a group of Germans under Major i.G. Udo von ALVENSLEBEN-WITTENMOOR (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udo_von_Al ... Wittenmoor), Ic of the 16.Panzer Division.

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Post by mjölnir » 06 Sep 2010 08:18

I had opened an other topic with the same theme: Italian Generals KIA in World War II:
viewtopic.php?f=75&t=169420

Now I find this topic. Many informations.
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Post by antfreire » 06 Sep 2010 11:54

Manuel Filiberto Duca de Aosta. Died in 1942 in a prisoners camp in Africa. Wasn't he a general?

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Post by zaptiè » 06 Sep 2010 12:00

was an Air force general

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Post by P.108 » 08 Sep 2010 15:50

Lornito Uriarte Mahinay Jr. wrote:Could you give us a detailed account on what you have found out about his demise?


General Murer was killed by a 'kapo'. He surprised the general that was eating some potatoes for which he could not explain the origin, so the german hit him on the head with a stool until the death. The place was the Flossenburg concentration camp.

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