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    Alfio Caruso


The Honor of Italy

Author: Alfio Caruso

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.

Publisher: Longanesi
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 352, paperback


Alfio Caruso (Catania, 1950) was one of the original founders of Il Giornale newspaper in 1974. In the '80's, he worked for the Corriere della Sera as Editor-in-Chief, and the Gazzetta dello Sport as Deputy Editor. He was appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Messaggero newspaper in 1995, and the Editorial Director of the Nazione, the Resto del Carlino, and Il Giorno in 1996. Caruso is also an author of crime novels, and an essayist on Italian history and the Mafia.

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