Footprints of Italian Prisoners of War
Following is a link to the list of articles on the website. They are in a ‘rough’ chronological order. This will allow you to follow the journey of the Italian soldier from recruitment through to repatriation.
A very good reference to life for Italian Prisoners of War in India can be found at Maddy’s Ramblings Maddy also relates the story of Filippo Casella who had been imprisoned in India, returned to Italy then made his way to Australia. The purchase of a small vineyard in 1966 was the beginning of Casella Wines and its well known brand Yellow Tail.
Kenya Prisoner of War Camps
The Italian Farming Soldiers by Alan Fitzgerald published in 1981, it is the first comprehensive book on the subject of Italian prisoners of war in Australia
From Tobruk to Clare is the story of Luigi Bortolotti as recorded in this diary manuscript.
Umberto Cofrancesco’s biography covers fighting in North Africa, capture and treatment, life in POW Camp India, transfer to Australia, working in Victoria and repatriation.
V13 Maffra Vincenzo Esposito (b. 1920)
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt : Echoes of Italian Voices Family Histories from Queensland’s Granite Belt edited by Francesco and Morwenna Arcidiacono (a chapter on the Stanthorpe POWs)
Kingaroy: We Remember, Italian Prisoners of War 1944/45 by Docas Grimmet (collection of Kingaroy residents’ memories)
New South Wales
The Cowra Family History Group is happy to assist researchers with information on prisoners of war at the Cowra PW & I Camp. Their research staff can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
N13 PWCC Moss Vale: Moss Vale POWs
N 16 Mudgee
N19 Inverell: Alessandro Luciani at Inverell ,
N20 Murwillumbah: North and North West,
N25 Lismore Koonorigan Wallace Jackson,
N26 Taree N4 Armidale or N19 Inverell
N27 Gunnedah: Frank Foster and POWs,
N32 Ingleburn Hostel,
A book by Bill Bunbury, Rabbits and Spaghetti, tells the story of Internees and Prisoners of War using local stories, experiences and memories.
Zonderwater South Africa
A number of testimonials have been written by Italian POWs at this camp, but their experiences and thoughts would be similar to all Italian POWs regardless of where they were sent. These shared memories especially for their time as a soldier is worth reading.
England POW Camps
USA POW Camps