All Alive Under Attack
A little-known episode during World War II on the Eastern front.
In 1942, 230,000 Italian soldiers fought on the Eastern front, until the Soviet offensive in December forced them to make a disastrous retreat over hundreds of miles of the immense Russian plain. Poorly equipped for the brutal winter, the heavy fighting killed thousands daily, but even more died as the result of harsh conditions. Over 70,000 were taken prisoner, and most succumbed to starvation in Russian prison camps.
It is as though we were all with those soldiers, their captains and their families on the eve of the end of the war, and we shared the ruinous adventure together, day after day.
Associazione Nazionale Alpini