Umberto Liberto was just 19 years old when he was taken prisoner of war on 7th February 1941 at Benghazi Libya.
These photos were taken in 1941 and 1943. The photos combined with Umberto’s letter to his mother, gives credence to his words “You will not recognise your son – five years has been a long time.” Umberto Liberto’s mother last saw her son when he was 18 years old. By the time he returned to Italy, he was almost 26 years old.
Umberto’s letter is shared in the article Cara Mamma
Listen to his letter:
Follow Berto’s journey as a soldier and prisoner of war: Berto Liberto