Families at war

Ezra Finch
17 min readJul 13, 2022

Families at war — The bombing.

After the landing on Lampedusa the columns of the allied liberators advanced.
The Boston escorted by the Spitfires and the Hurricanes led the way for the American and English armored columns, wiping out the last Italian and German troops trying to obstruct the advance, the bulk of the Axis troops had concentrated on the mountains around Rome , Hitler’s order was peremptory, the capital was not to fall, Mussolini had lost its splendor, the war the Germans, Americans and English had undermined the iron will of what had been called the greatest Italian of all time by ‘ English Churcill, the man of epic deeds and boundless love for his native soil.
While the allies were preparing a new landing with great fanfare at Anzio, armored troops continued to march towards the north aided by local partisans who hit the Germanic forces from the inside by blowing up factories and sabotaging defense lines, a small squad, a light deployment of Italian forces. Germans had stopped in the village of Brenna, the order was to defend at all costs, the local Breda factory that built pipes and pieces for mortars, the people of the village had been evacuated, a few brave had decided not to abandon the hometown, naturally the factory workers with their families remained in the place.
The village located on a hill, surrounded to the north by a forest of oaks and elms, to the south by the Losanni river and to the west by a natural overhang that had made it a natural fortress since medieval times.
On January 13, the siren that warned of the imminent bombing began to screech, the few people left in the area sought shelter in the zein-otto refuge, about thirty people took their places in the underground room with concrete walls, a few candles and a couple of oil lamps illuminated the room of a hundred square meters, among them the old local doctor, Italo Smacchi, now sixty years old, had decided to live or die in his hometown, his wife Flavia had been struck by a heart attack six months before, and the elderly graduate had decided to stay in the house where he had spent forty years with his wife, his young nephew Carlo and his daughter Cesira remained with him, Carlo just eighteen did not feel like leaving alone there ‘elderly grandfather and mother,the poor sight had spared him the military service and the war, moreover his father had been reported missing in Abyssinia, he had not seen him for…

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