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Giovanni Messe

SurnameMesse
Given NameGiovanni
Born10 Dec 1883
Died18 Dec 1968
CountryItaly
CategoryMilitary-Ground
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseGiovanni Messe was born near Brindisi. A veteran of WW1, in the next great war he led Italian troops in Ethiopia, Albania, and Greece. From 17 Jul 1941 to 9 Jul 1942, he led a corps of Italian soldiers (Corpo di Spedizione Italiano in Růssia) in the Eastern Front. During the fighting in Russia, he received the Knight's Cross on 23 Jan 1942. In 1943, he was placed in command of the beleaguered First Italian Army in North Africa. He scored a few tactical victories, but ultimately he was unable to change the tide of the war. He surrendered to the Allies alongside of his German allies on 13 May 1943, a day after his promotion to the rank of Field Marshal.

ww2dbaseAfter Italy exited WW2 in Sep 1943, Messe acted as the chief of staff of the Royal Italian Army until 1945. He retired from the military in 1947 and entered politics, serving as a senator from 1953 to 1955 and then the president of the Italian Veteran Association.

ww2dbaseHe passed away in Rome at the age of 85.

Last Major Revision: Aug 2005

Giovanni Messe Timeline

10 Dec 1883 Giovanni Messe was born.
2 Feb 1943 Ettore Bastico stepped down as the Governor-General of Italian Libya, succeeded by Giovanni Messe.
18 Dec 1968 Giovanni Messe passed away.




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1. Marcello Ignone says:
27 Mar 2010 07:03:53 AM

He was born in Mesagne, near Brindisi

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