Title: The Honor of Italy
Author: Alfio Caruso
Data:  2014, 352 p., paperback
Publisher: Longanesi


Even after 70 years, the memory of El Alamein resonates in the hearts and minds of the Italian nation. Prior to the infamous battle, the successes of the Italian conquest of North Africa were due to the leadership of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, nicknamed “the Desert Fox”, and stolen American military codes obtained in a covert operation led by Carabinieri Officer Manfredi Talamo. But El Alamein was the tragic end for the young soldiers who fought in Egypt. The Duce’s madness and the admirals’ betrayal sent the Italian army to the bloody slaughter: Mussolini preferred to send the best artillery and divisions to fight the Soviets in the East; and the treacherous heads of the Marines revealed important transport routes to the British, thus depriving Italian and German soldiers of necessary supplies. The Italians continued to fight until the end, neither fleeing nor surrendering, in the face of the regime that abandoned them in the desert.