Re Villa Paolozzi yes it is mentioned see extract in italics below.I will shortly post the other extracts I have together with some photos - some with identified colleagues- others unknown.There are over 100 letters from April 1944 as they left Egypt en route to Italy until father was demobbed in Feb 1946.I have taken out the personal and family detail and will post the rest which obviously does not give great detail about operations- censored at the time ! but does give a lot of detail about war time life in Italy and Greece The local people are now working as hard as they can go getting in the overripe crops. Until the Germans went, they didn't turn a hand to the fields as the Germans would only have pinched the stuff as fast as they gathered it. The swines have been carrying out atrocities in this area-yesterday we had a woman and her daughter in here and they told us that her husband had been murdered in their sight and the daughter’s baby had been snatched from her and bayoneted to death-that's the Boches for you. Thank God they have never set foot on our soil. The hatred of these Italians for them has to be seen to be believed, and I think lots of Germans are beginning to realise what will happen when all these people can get at their throats inside Germany and they are not finding it a pleasant prospect. Several days ago we set up shop on a big private estate-a most beautiful place-where the family a count, his wife and two children were still living. I sat out on the lawn with them, drinking their wine and listening to their stories of the German occupation and I found the most charming people who were genuinely pleased to see us and the back of the Germans and were as happy as sand boys to be able to talk and breathe freely once again. Next day we left and just afterwards the whole place was blown up by a mine that the thoughtful Germans had left behind with a delayed action. The whole family were killed except the count and I next saw the poor devil raking over the rubble of his once beautiful house looking for his family-half demented. That incident really touched me and together with the atrocities I spoke of I formed an opinion of the “master race” that I shan't easily forget. Today by chance I have also met up with the widow of K.C.P "Pat" Ive, 4 Recce, and then 17/21 Lancers who died in 2011. Unfortunately at present she cannot locate any memorabilia but some may emerge as she moves house shortly. I have also emailed Nick Preston and will be sending photos of his grandfather in Greece and Crete. My father served as his ADC and was present in Crete for the German surrender.