This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.
Written by Salvatore Graniti, Secretary of Legation in the Italian diplomatic service, assigned as liaison officer to the staff of the British Army in Italy
Palmi, November 1, 1941
To his Excellency the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Italy
the following report on the military progress of the forces of the Kingdom of Italy and those of our esteemed ally, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in the Italian theater of war is most humbly submitted to you.
I am pleased to report that we have taken the initiative and crossed an entire army into Calabria. The German forces have been forced to retreat. The commander of the British Army in Italy, Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery, is confident that we can hold the bridgehead over the winter and threaten flanking attacks either into Lazio or into Apulia early in 1942.
Our own forces are in the process of rebuilding. We have put together a division which participated in the crossing of the Straits of Messina. As a testament to Italian spirit and courage, our men have been among the first to disembark on the shores of mainland Italy. However, I must report to you that this has effected disproportionate losses among them. With heavy hearts, we have buried 3,597 soldiers and 183 officers.
As the officers in the recruitment centers in Palermo and Catania report, volunteers have become scarcer since the news of the crossing. However, we have every reason to be confident that our ranks will swell with patriots from the mezzogiorno and that by spring the division will be combat-ready again. In any case, when Garibaldi set out from Genoa to Sicily, he only had 1,000 with him, and yet his expedition was irresistible. We shall march that way in the opposite direction.
I have the honor to remain your most obedient servant, yet now on the soil of our beloved peninsula,
Salvatore Graniti, Secretary of Legation, assigned as liaison officer to the staff of the British Army in Italy
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