Author(s): Dee La Vardera
The massacre and destruction of Civitella on 29 June 1944 by the 1st Fallschirm Panzer Division ‘Herman Göring’ as reprisal for the shooting of three German soldiers left women widows and children fatherless. The Road to Civitella 1944: The Captain, the Chaplain and the Massacre describes the journey of Captain John Percival Morgan and Father Clement O’Shea with the Eighth Army in Italy to the hilltop village in Tuscany. Even though they had seen much death and bloodshed in North Africa and Italy, they were moved by the plight of this small community.
The two British officers adopted the village and over a five-month period, regularly brought life-saving supplies and comfort to the women and children. The village organised a farewell Christmas party that survivors still remember today, treasuring gifts they received from their ‘Santa in a truck’. In 2001, the village commemorated the work of Morgan and O’Shea and their friends of the British 8th Army, in the naming of a street Costa Capitano John Percival Morgan.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 October 2016
|67 black-and-white photographs and 3 maps