Hello everybody. I am trying to find out the identity of 'A British Army major wearing parachutist's uniform and regulation beret' (quote from The Broken Column, C.E.T. Warren and James Benson p. 197) who was in Varzi on 3 May 1945 and probably witnessed the execution of fascist Felice Fiorentini by the partisans without any form of trial. A reference in an Italian book quotes 'Bill Watoon, a British liason officer', who wrote an account of what happened in his memoirs. Any ideas of the true surname of Watoon, his regiment or where I could find a copy of his memoirs would be most appreciated. Vitellino Edited to say I have founded another reference in The Broken Column to an American parachutist heading up a twelve-man team which parachuted into the Varzi area. He was known as 'Captain Bill'. Further edit: He was Captain William C. Wheeler on operation WallaWalla. I think I can rule him out. More editing: he may have been Basil W.S. Irwing, 'Bill' . Does anyone know if he wrote his memoirs? Final edit: It wasn't Irving. There's another thread on him on the forum. I have listened to his interview held in the IWM. He wasn't present at any execution thought he WAS the British Liason Officer in the Oltrepò where Varzi is situated from 8 March 1945 onwards. Will now send for the Italian book.