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The road to Civitella 1944 : the captain, the chaplain and the massacre / Dee La Vardera.

By: La Vardera, Dee.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: United Kingdom : Fonthill Media, 2016Description: 191 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps, plans ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated ISBN: 9781781555316 (hardback); 1781555311.Subject(s): Morgan, John Percival, 1916-1968 | O'Shea, Clement, 1897-1965 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- ItalylzCivitellaDDC classification: 940.5421559 Summary: The massacre and destruction of Civitella on 29 June, 1944 by the 1st Fallschirm Panzer Division 'Herman G#65533; ring' as reprisal for the shooting of three German soldiers in the village Dopolavoro--after work social club, left women widows and children fatherless. The book describes the journey of Captain John Percival Morgan and Father Clement O'Shea with the Eighth Army in Italy, to that hilltop village in Tuscany. Even though they had seen much death and destruction during their service 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'. Thanks to Keith Morgan, Captain Morgan's son, discovering Civitella in 1997, while retracing his father's wartime journey, this part of Civitella's history would have gone unrecorded and forgotten. In 2001, the village commemorated the work of this father and friends in the naming of a street Costa Capitano John Percival Morgan. A son found his father; a town its hero.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 in the village Dopolavoro--after work social club, left women widows and children fatherless. The book describes the journey of Captain John Percival Morgan and Father Clement O'Shea with the Eighth Army in Italy, to that hilltop village in Tuscany. Even though they had seen much death and destruction during their service 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'. Thanks to Keith Morgan, Captain Morgan's son, discovering Civitella in 1997, while retracing his father's wartime journey, this part of Civitella's history would have gone unrecorded and forgotten. In 2001, the village commemorated the work of this father and friends in the naming of a street Costa Capitano John Percival Morgan. A son found his father; a town its hero.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

The massacre and destruction of Civitella on 29 June, 1944 by the 1st Fallschirm Panzer Division 'Herman G#65533; ring' as reprisal for the shooting of three German soldiers in the village Dopolavoro--after work social club, left women widows and children fatherless. The book describes the journey of Captain John Percival Morgan and Father Clement O'Shea with the Eighth Army in Italy, to that hilltop village in Tuscany. Even though they had seen much death and destruction during their service 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'. Thanks to Keith Morgan, Captain Morgan's son, discovering Civitella in 1997, while retracing his father's wartime journey, this part of Civitella's history would have gone unrecorded and forgotten. In 2001, the village commemorated the work of this father and friends in the naming of a street Costa Capitano John Percival Morgan. A son found his father; a town its hero.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 'Invictus' (p. 7)
  • Prologue: Prom Broken Stones (p. 9)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 14)
  • Maps (p. 18)
  • Author's Note and Glossary (p. 21)
  • Introduction (p. 23)
  • Part I
  • 1 Coal (p. 27)
  • 2 Money (p. 33)
  • 3 The Passionist Way (p. 38)
  • 4 Behind the Lines (p. 44)
  • 5 Two Paths, One Direction (p. 54)
  • 6 My Village, My Home: Lara's Story, Part I (p. 64)
  • 7 The Shooting at the Club (p. 68)
  • Part II
  • 8 Death in the Morning: 29 June 1944 (p. 81)
  • 9 Escape From the Massacre (p. 89)
  • 10 Counting the Dead (p. 93)
  • 11 The Passing of the Front; Lara's Story, Part II (p. 107)
  • 12 Liberation (p. 116)
  • 13 Amicizia: Friendship (p. 123)
  • 14 Winter (p. 129)
  • 15 Going Home (p. 138)
  • 16 The Grotto (p. 148)
  • 17 'In My Father's Footsteps': Keith Morgan Remembers (p. 156)
  • 18 Forgiveness (p. 165)
  • 'Ricordo' ('I Remember') (p. 174)
  • Epilogue: Justice (p. 175)
  • Endnotes (p. 178)
  • Bibliography (p. 185)
  • Index (p. 189)