Few Returned: Twenty-eight Days on the Russian Front, Winter 1942-1943

Few Returned Twenty eight Days on the Russian Front Winter After World War II than one hundred books appeared that dealt with the experience of the Italian army in Russia and particularly the terrible winter retreat of Few Returned I piu non ritorn
  • Title: Few Returned: Twenty-eight Days on the Russian Front, Winter 1942-1943
  • Author: Eugenio Corti Peter Levy Carlo D'Este
  • ISBN: 9780826211156
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Few Returned: Twenty-eight Days on the Russian Front, Winter 1942-1943
    After World War II than one hundred books appeared that dealt with the experience of the Italian army in Russia, and particularly the terrible winter retreat of 1942 1943 Few Returned I piu non ritornano is the only one of these that is still regularly reissued in Italy.Eugenio Corti, who was a twenty one year old second lieutenant at the time, found himself, togeAfter World War II than one hundred books appeared that dealt with the experience of the Italian army in Russia, and particularly the terrible winter retreat of 1942 1943 Few Returned I piu non ritornano is the only one of these that is still regularly reissued in Italy.Eugenio Corti, who was a twenty one year old second lieutenant at the time, found himself, together with 30,000 Italians and a smaller contingent of Germans, encircled on the banks of the River Don by enemy forces who far outnumbered them To break out of this encirclement, these men undertook a desperate march across the snow, with constant engagements and in temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit Whereas supplies were air dropped to the Germans, the predicament of the Italians was far difficult lacking gasoline, they were compelled to abandon their vehicles and to proceed without heavy arms, equipment, ammunition, or provisions Even the wounded had to be abandoned, though it was well known that the soldiers of the Red Army enraged by the brutality of the German invasion killed all the enemy wounded who fell into their hands After twenty eight days of encirclement, only 4,000 of the 30,000 Italians made it out of the pocket.Why is it that Corti s book, which was first published in 1947, continues after fifty years to be reprinted in Italy Because, as Mario Apollonio of the University of Milan said, when the book first appeared It is a chronicle but it is much than that behind the physical reality, there is the truth about man at his most tragic hour Apollonio adds The power of the writing immediately transforms the document into drama the result is a novel poem drama history The philosopher Benedetto Croce found in Corti s book the not infrequent gleam of human goodness and nobility Few Returned is a classic of war literature that succeeds in bringing home the full hatefulness of war.Eugenio Corti began writing his diary at a military hospital immediately after being repatriated from the Russian front When in September 1943 Italy found itself cut in two by the Armistice, Corti, loyal to his officer s oath, joined up with what remained of the Italian army in the south and with those few troops participated in driving the Germans off Italian soil, fighting at the side of the British Eighth and the American Fifth Armies.
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  • A really impressive diary in which Corti explains many aspects of war which can only be seen by the people who suffered it It is a historical text written by one of the real characters.


  • Not a bad book by any means, but something about Corti his Catholicism worn on his sleeve, his ungenerous opinions of those who were mostly victims of the tremendous misadventure that was the Italian participation in the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union makes him an unappealing narrator And so, although some of the settings here, such as the destroyed, snowy villages huddling in dips on the steppe, are memorable, I much prefer such books as The Sergeant in the Snow, by Mario Rigoni Stern, La st [...]


  • War makes strange bedfellows, turns some ordinary people into exceptional human beings, and challenges the young and the old This memoir by a 24 year old Italian Army Lieutenant serving on the Russian Front during World II takes the reader onto the frozen battlefields of Ukraine and successfully depicts what it must have been like to be in the line of fire There are a few heroes and many victims Before reading this excellent history I had heard that the Germans disdained their Italian allies Thi [...]


  • Qualcuno in Italia si sta muovendo per candidare al Nobel questo autore, ed ha ragione Il libro bellissimo, una scrittura coinvolgente e incisiva, con momenti di commovente poesia, che ti trascina nella brianza dal primo dopoguerra fino alla fine degli 60 Raccontando una Italia che ha ricostruito il paese dalle macerie del secondo dopoguerra senza piangersi addosso ma con la voglia di costruire un paese migliore per se e per i figli Assolutamente da leggere


  • Really good book focusing on the Italian forces retreating from the Stalingrad catastrophe, hotly pursued by the Red Army It is very much story of human sacrifice, suffering and desperate conditions Corti has put together a strong piece of work and highly recommend for any Eastern Front historians.



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