A book that collects the memory of thousands of Italian soldiers who died in Russia in 1943.
Letters, photographs and memoirs of dozens of missing, prisoners or survivors of the Russian retreat. Italian soldiers of all weapons recount the tragic days of December 1942 and January 1943 through their last memories. The ARMIR, swept away by the Soviet armies, retreats largely in a disorderly fashion across the frozen steppe. At minus forty degrees men and mules walk between an isba and a village, through aerial machine guns, tank attacks and death by exhaustion. Thousands will remain on those paths and thousands more in Russian concentration camps, where hunger and disease will kill the weakest. Between heroisms, acts of humanity, but also unheard of cruelty gestures, a generation will disappear without a trace. In this book twenty-five testimonies of those who left for the hell of the Don.
Pino Scaccia is an Italian journalist. He was one of the historical correspondents of Tg1 Rai. It followed the most important events of the last thirty years: from the first Gulf War to the Serbian Croatian conflict, from the disintegration of the former Soviet Union to the crisis in Afghanistan, in addition to the difficult post-war period in Iraq, up to the revolt in Libya. He won the Ilaria Alpi Prize. The Paolo Borsellino Prize.