Rosasco Italy

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Sarita Porter, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    Angel Beia Civilian miller profession, born in Rosasco December 22, 1877. On 2 December 1943 in Rosasco the population tries to defend from the GNR of Mortara some former prisoners who were hidden in the town. Two of these, however, are captured and locked up in the municipality of Rosasco, while another is wounded during the arrest and transported by the same wounds to the hospital of Mortara. The population takes advantage of the absence of the GNR and frees the two prisoners locked up in the town hall; this fact, however, arouses the reaction of the GNR that, with the help of some German soldiers, try to recover the prisoners attacking the civilians who opposed with forks and sticks. It is in this phase of the clash that Angelo Beia, considered by the fascists the head of the troublemakers, he is shot to death by a burst of machine gun fired by the assailants. He will die at the Mortara hospital on December 7th.(GNR =Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana Fascist Corp)
     
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  3. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Hello Piero

    A very brave story which tells of the bravery of the civilians of Rosasco and Italy in helping
    the POW’s in those very troubled times, Albert was most surely around because his letter tells he was not recaptured till Dec 23 !
    Thank you so much again, we are looking forward very much to our visit which is very soon

    Best Wishes Sarita
     
  4. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    Sarita the idea is to interview you and any relatives who will be with you in the municipality of Rosasco on the 28th at 20.30 . I ll send you my contacts on the one to one messaging . We keep getting documents and pictures from Rosasco which will make the article nice I believe . Prof Zucca is getting better and probably will attend the meeting . Then you can agree with Valter the local policeman the visit you want to do on the weekend .I have in mind teh articule but I need to start putting down ....
     
  5. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    Dear Sarita we are looking forward to meet you on Friday . Could I ask you if possible to post your father picture . The one on your profile is too small .I need it to put it on my articule .I am elaborating a draft .
     
  6. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Albert (Cairo).jpg Albert 15.5.1941.jpg

    Hello Piero

    I was just uploading some pictures so you caught me at a good time,
    photo's attached hopefully, yes not long now to our visit ! when would
    be the best time to make contact when we arrive in Italy ?
    looking forward very much to our visit

    Best Wishes
    Sarita
     
  7. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    Thanks Sarita ! Let s stay in touch via Whatsapp , let me come back with a place where to meet each other I am coming from Pavia you will be on the opposite side as from Vercelli .
     
  8. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    ...btw is he in Cairo in the pictures?
     
  9. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    We believe he was in Cairo, from correspodence we have
     
  10. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

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    Sarita and Derek in Rosasco!

    Stay tuned .... story will come soon !
     
  11. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Hello Piero
    Once again let me thank you so much for all your kind and hard work work in making this possible, it was an honour to have met you.
    Saturday afternoon was the most special of days, it felt like I was walking in my father’s footsteps, Valter very kindly picked us up as arranged it was a beautiful day and the sun was shining ! we were shown some of the old farm buildings where the prisoners were held and the surrounding area where they would have been allocated work in the rice fields,
    we visited the old mill which we were able to have a look around, Lorraine then joined us and we visited several parts of Roasco which included the cemetery where we viewed the resting place of those girls on Alberts address list ! again we viewed via Angelo Beia and in turn visiting Lorrain’s home, the main square and church, it all brought Rosasco alive and to have been looked after so well made me think about how the people must have looked after my dad and why Rosasco had a place in his heart for ever, as will I, a truly wonderful day, one that will live on forever, I am so lucky to have had this opportunity and again thank you so much for making this possible.
    Valter was very kind and gave us a ride home so no worries about public transport
    We are very much looking forward to the story and of course in due time any more information we gain we will be delighted to share it with you.
    Goodbye for now, we look forward to hearing from you soon,
    Best wishes Sarita
     

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  12. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    Article is now ready in Italian.we are presenting it to the press as we like to broaden the reader spectrum.in a week will be published on the website of GRAC in Italian.In English in a month
     
  13. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Hello Piero,

    Good to hear from you, we hope your are well,
    sounds great news ! please keep us informed
    We have now received Alberts army records and I will post
    them very soon, hopefully those following the thread will help
    decipher it.

    Best Wishes
    Derek & Sarita
     
  14. Pierothegreat

    Pierothegreat Active Member

    The article is online today on our website in Italian . I am still refining video interviews .

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  15. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Hello Piero

    Hope your well,
    Looks a wonderful piece of research, your hard work has really paid off !
    Sarita was thrilled to bits and quite overwhelmed, again we look
    forward so much to it being translated and again thank you so much
    for all you have done

    Best Wishes
    Derek & Sarita
     
  16. Sarita Porter

    Sarita Porter Member

    Hello Piero

    I hope you are well, have now received and posted Alberts records, there is mention for Rome, but no details ! hope this is of interest to you and of course if anybody watching the forum can reveal anything from the records that would be very kind, can anyone tell how those men captured in N. Africa got to Italy and the likely route, transport and conditions they would have had to endure, I can only imagine that would have been an ordeal in its self.
    Thank you for any help you can offer

    Best Wishes
    Derek and Sarita
     

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  17. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Sarita and Derek,

    On sheet four I have read POW with dates and then below that Home and dates. I can't see Rome on either sheet.

    As to what happened in North Africa, the prisoners were held in Italian camps, two of which were Tarhuna and Suani Ben Adem (I haven't checked these spellings) and from there taken to the coast in lorried transport and embarked for Taranto, Brindisi or Naples.

    Cpl. Bill Clark RAOC gives a good account of his journey from Benghazi to Brindisi in the BBC's The People's War Series:

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Bill Clark's War Category

    Vitellino
     
  18. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Page 2 shows:

    POW Rome Camp Unknown

    next line is POW concentration camp 66 P.M. 3400

    TD
     
  19. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Still can't find it - however, 'POW Rome Camp unknown' is mystifying because in the normal run of things he would have been held first in Capua PG 66, the main transit camp for men entereing Italy through the port of Naples - and then sent to his 'permanent' camp. I can't imagine that he would first have been sent up to Rome and then back down to Capua unless he was ill and
    was in hospital for some time there.

    Vitellino
     
  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    TD

    Never was very good at copying and pasting documents

    :mad:
     
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