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Saturday, February 18, 2006

An even bigger asshole

I am a loser who loves losers

Nazi deportees speak to Di Canio
Italian football player Paolo di Canio

Lazio footballer Paolo di Canio - punished in the past for giving a Nazi-style salute - has met Italians who survived the Nazi death camps.

"I've listened to the stories but I still have my ideas," the former West Ham and Charlton forward said later.


Fascist beliefs

The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Rome, says Di Canio has become the darling of the neo-fascist right.

On three occasions he has given a right-arm salute to the Lazio fans - which earned him a fine and a suspension from the Italian Football Association.

The salute was the trademark of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini before it was adopted by the Nazis.

Speaking after Thursday's meeting, Di Canio said: "My thoughts remain the same, but I don't want it to sound as if I believe in violence.

"I've spoken to Veltroni and told him that we must consider everything in the round and tell people of all the terrible stories that happened in World War II."

He asked the Holocaust survivors to remember the innocent Italians killed by communists at the end of the war.


Di Canio makes no secret of his admiration for Mussolini: he carries tattoos of the dictator's self-ascribed title - "dux", which is Latin for Il Duce - on his right arm, and a fascist emblem on his back.

Lazio fans have a reputation as some of the most racist, right-wing fans in Italy.

Gilly--see the opening paragraph: ""I've listened to the stories but I still have my ideas," the former West Ham and Charlton forward said later. "

What an ass. He would have been FINISHED, as in totally done, jobless, ass on the street, if he pulled this in the US.

Oh, that's a rewriting of history.

In 1944, with the Allied forces nearby, the partisan resistance in Italy staged an uprising behind German lines, led by the Committee of National Liberation of Upper Italy (CLNAI). This rebellion led to the establishment of a number of provisional partisan governments throughout mountainous regions of northern Italy, of which Ossola was the most important to receive recognition from Switzerland and from Allied consulates in Switzerland. By the end of 1944, German reinforcements and Mussolini's remaining fascists had crushed the uprising, and the area's liberation had to wait until the final offensives of 1945.

In the valley of Carnia, anti-Communist forces from the Soviet Union under the command of ataman Domanov were used; they were promised the establishment of a Cossack republic in northeastern Italy, to be called Kosakenland. Also, profiting by the weakness of the Fascist puppet state, the Germans decided to annex Italian territories to the Reich; two new regions were established: the Alpenvorland, comprising Trentino-South Tyrol and the province of Belluno; and the Adriatisches Kustenland, comprising Istria, Quarnero and most part of today's Friuli Venezia Giulia.

During the war, Germans and Fascist soldiers committed a number of war crimes: summary executions, ransacking, and retaliations against civilians were common practices. Some of the most notorious events were the Ardeatine massacre, the Marzabotto massacre and the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre. Captured partisans or civilians were often tortured. The Decima Flottiglia MAS, an Italian unit under German command, is now remembered as one of the most ruthless military corp of the war.

After a few months of reorganization, another massive uprising was planned. On April 25, 1945, concurrently with the renewal of the Allied offensive, the CLNAI called out a general insurrection, which ended with the surrender of German forces and the liberation of principal towns.

The uprising showed to the world that not all Italians agreed with the Fascist rule and were even prepared to fight against it. Casualties amounted to approximately 44,700 killed and 21,200 wounded or disabled partisans; civilians killed in retaliations were nearly 10,000. 40,000 Italian soldiers died in concentration camps.

Di Canio should pick up a history book. Many Italians died at the hands of the Nazis and their fascist friends, like at the Ardentine Caves. The fact is that the partisans restored much of Italy's dignity, along with the the CLI

Military Organization of the Co-Belligerent Forces

After September 1943, the Royal Army that could surrender to the Allies did so and were re-equipped as support troops. Those that were in areas controlled by the Germans met the fate mentioned above. The following are the combat units formed from the remnant of the Royal Army and served the Allies.

1st Motorized Group or 1st Raggruppamento Motorizzato was the first Italian unit to fight on the side of the Allies at Monte Lungo. On their Italian uniforms they wore a distinctive small red shield with a white cross, the symbol for the house of Savoy.

Italian Liberation Corps or Corpo Italiano di Liberazione (CLI). The Badoglio government formed a force of 22,000 soldiers to fight with the Allies. The CLI were equiped with Italian uniforms and material. The CLI were organized into two divisions: 'Nembo' & 'Utili' from the former Nembo parachute division and the 1st Raggruppamento Motorizzato(above). These troops saw action at Gustav Line & Monte Cassino. After 4 months, it grew large enough and was formed into 6 Combat Groups(see next item).

Royal Army or "Army of the South" or Co-Belligerent Forces

The Combat Groups were eventually armed and equipped with Allied supplies, mostly British. A Royal Army star was worn on the collar. The individual combat groups were identified by a rectangular, tricolor arm patch on their left sleeve with a central figure described below.
‘Cremona’ – ear of wheat ‘Mantova’ – an eagle
‘Legnano’ – a knight ‘Piceno’ – a Roman arch
‘Friuli’ – a city gate ‘Folgore’ – a lightning bolt

Pack Transport Units. Italian volunteers were used to lead mule trains through mountain trails to supply the Allies with food, ammunition and supplies. This was a very dangerous job as the mountain trails were few and their location were plotted by the German artillery. They were equipped with a special British battledress dyed dark green and wore an arm badge of a red circle with green letters "TN". Since many had been ex-Alpini troops, they often wore Alpine hats.

So Di Canio can have his romance with fascism, but it's bullshit.Hundreds of thousands of Italians opposed both the fascists and the Nazis.

posted by Steve @ 2:01:00 AM

2:01:00 AM

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