Friday, August 7, 2020

Enemy Elite Friday: Umberto Utili (Italy)


 "He took part in the Greco-Italian War and in the Russian Campaign.  At the time of the Armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces he was in Apulia just as Allied troops started their advance towards North.  In late January 1944 he was appointed command of the Primo Raggruppamento Motorizzato (the early Italian Co-Belligerent Army) which, under his leadership was widened in size and became the Corpo Italiano di Liberazione, attached to the British 8th Army.  After the battles sustained in early 1944, Lieutenant General Utili proposed an upgrade of Italian forces.  The Allies accepted and the strength of Italian units (by then called Gruppi di Combattimento) was brought up to 25,000 men.  Immediately after the war he commanded the 3 Army Corps in Milan."

One of Itay's elites,
Brian & Melonie


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