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  1. Good morning Platon, 

     I just found a book inspired by an Italian soldier in Karpathos, during the second WW. His name was Sergio Gattullo, from Ruvo di Puglia, Bari (like other victims of the Petrella, from the 51 Division Siena ). The author of the book is some Manoli G. Cassoti, and the title is “Amara la Guerra, Dolce la vita”. Two points make the research of the book in the web difficult.

    1. The name Manoli G. Cassati, sounds like Italianization of a Greek name… not a correct name.

    2. The title is similar to “Dolce Egeo, Guerra amara”, by Gianni Baldi, very common and mentioned in other works, therefore is the book from Baldi, that comes on the web!

    Do you know something about Cassoti? Could you please help in sourcing the publisher? Thank you.  Michele

    PS For information, I arrived to this point, via "Il Tenentaki" by Massimo Marino Memola, son of Michele Memola, who lived a similar experience to the once of Gattullo, in Karpathos.

    1. Platon Alexiades

      Platon Alexiades

      Good morning Michele,

      Sorry but I do not know anything about this author or his book.

      Best regards,


  2. Salve, si tratta del Ramb III silurato da HMS Triumph, come riporta Uboat? 30 May 1941 HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian armed merchant cruiser Ramb III (3667 GRT, built 1938) at Bengasi, Libya. She sank in shallow water and was later salvaged (https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3488.html). Grazie
  3. Francesco, Platon, Outstanding! Happy I joined this community. Grazie. Michele Barile
  4. Platon, Thank you so much for the details that enrich your comments. I'm interested in Petrella, unfortunately for family reasons. Whether Gatehouse clearly saw the letters on the ship, is somehow debated. It appears that Jürgen Rohwer writes so in his "Allied submarine attacks of ww II"; since you mention Gatehouse's report , could you kindly provide the sources of your statements? Was it one of the ADM? On the same token, Sportsman was around 4,000 yards far away from the ship: would the attack periscope , Barr & Stroud , CH 40 able to show the letters POW? Is anybody,
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