In which circumstances Gen. Arena was killed by Russians?

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In which circumstances Gen. Arena was killed by Russians?

Post by Valerio » 02 Aug 2011 20:28

The Italian Major-General Francesco Antonio Arena, that in 1942 was General Officer Commanding the 132nd Armored Division "ARIETE" in North Africa, after the Italian-Anglo-American Armistice in 1943 was captured by Germans.
On 1945 he was killed by Russians. Which USSR unit killed him? Why and in which circumstances?
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Re: In which circumstances Gen. Arena was killed by Russians

Post by Valerio » 12 Aug 2011 15:52

Any answer?
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Re: In which circumstances Gen. Arena was killed by Russians

Post by P.108 » 18 Aug 2011 18:33

Valerio wrote:The Italian Major-General Francesco Antonio Arena, that in 1942 was General Officer Commanding the 132nd Armored Division "ARIETE" in North Africa, after the Italian-Anglo-American Armistice in 1943 was captured by Germans.
On 1945 he was killed by Russians. Which USSR unit killed him? Why and in which circumstances?


General Arena was escaped together with the Air Force General Briganti and Lieutenant Colonel Unia during a transfer organized as a result of the Soviet advance. The group was hosted at the home of a Polish farmer when a patrol consisting of two Soviet soldiers entered into the house demanding to see the documents. At the time in the house there were only the two generals who respond to be "Italiansky" and showing the plates of the German concentration camp, the Russians didn't understand and continued to repeat "Italiansky, Mussolini, fascist!", arrived the sister of the Polish farmer who tried to explain in Russian that they were prisoners who had escaped from the Germans, but the two soldiers threatened the woman who escaped then they pushed the two officers on the street and shot them against the wall of the house. Arena died immediately, Briganti only wounded, after the Russians were gone, dragged himself toward the house but the two Russians returned shortly after and fired another shot, but incredibly survived also this time and was able to tell what happened.

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Re: In which circumstances Gen. Arena was killed by Russians

Post by Valerio » 19 Aug 2011 12:51

P.108 wrote:
Valerio wrote:The Italian Major-General Francesco Antonio Arena, that in 1942 was General Officer Commanding the 132nd Armored Division "ARIETE" in North Africa, after the Italian-Anglo-American Armistice in 1943 was captured by Germans.
On 1945 he was killed by Russians. Which USSR unit killed him? Why and in which circumstances?


General Arena was escaped together with the Air Force General Briganti and Lieutenant Colonel Unia during a transfer organized as a result of the Soviet advance. The group was hosted at the home of a Polish farmer when a patrol consisting of two Soviet soldiers entered into the house demanding to see the documents. At the time in the house there were only the two generals who respond to be "Italiansky" and showing the plates of the German concentration camp, the Russians didn't understand and continued to repeat "Italiansky, Mussolini, fascist!", arrived the sister of the Polish farmer who tried to explain in Russian that they were prisoners who had escaped from the Germans, but the two soldiers threatened the woman who escaped then they pushed the two officers on the street and shot them against the wall of the house. Arena died immediately, Briganti only wounded, after the Russians were gone, dragged himself toward the house but the two Russians returned shortly after and fired another shot, but incredibly survived also this time and was able to tell what happened.


Thanks for informations, P.108!
That absurd history: both excellent officers, after the Italian-Anglo-American Armistice they refused to collaborate with the Nazi invader and, after their escape from the German concentration camp, they were shot by Russians...
It's a really tragic history!
"Et fia 'l combatter corto / che l'antiquo valor / nell'italici cor / non è ancor morto"
(Francesco Petrarca)

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