i'm contacting you as I think you may be able to help me. I
got your address from your website Qattara that I came across via the
discussions about the Western Desert P-40. If you can't that's fine, just let me
I'm an Architect in Australia and i have a great interest in
WWII era Aviation, but in addition my late Uncle was an Infantryman in the
2/32nd Batallion AIF in WWII and as I understand it he was involved in the
battles of Tobruk and El Alamein. Unfortunately for me he died when I was a kid
and unfortunately I never had the opportunity to discuss his experiences there.
However, i have one item in my collection which my Father gave me and it
belonged to my Uncle. It is a mess tin and cup set which I know is Italian and
contains beautiful inscriptions embossed onto its surfaces.
The wirting is pretty clear and from this I can make out the
Unit (The 13th Artillery Regiment) what appears to be several names and
locations in Sardinia (where I understand the unit was formed) but lso a name
and location in Albino.
I was wondering if you could possiby offer any more insights
into the original owner of this tin that i'm not seeing and also offer any
advice as to why my Uncle kept it all those years. It makes me wonder if the
owner was a prisoner perhaps or was it just that the Italian mess kits were just
If I am in the wrong location please also let me know.
Look forward to hearing from you and i've found the latest
findings of your group on the P-40 fascinating reading.
Abbiamo inziato subito le ricerche ed ecco il risultato:
ANNO 1941 – SOLDATO TUVERI ALBINO DI RAIMONDO – SOLDATO DEL 130 GR. ARTIG. C. A.
OBICI 149/130 / 3^ BATT. – POSTA MILITARE CIRENAICA – RICHIEDENTE INFORMAZIONI:
TUVERI RAIMONDO / SARDARA (CAGLIARI) – ELENCO SPEDITO IL 15 MAGGIO 1941 / LISTA
SPEDITA ALL’ARCIVESCOVO DI CAGLIARI REVERENDO DON LUIGI MONTISCI. RICHIESTE
NOTIZIE ANCHE DAL TENENTE COLONNELLO PASQUALE DI LEO / VIA RUGGERO BORGHI, 26
ANNO 1943 –
TUVERI ALBINO, NATO IL 7/1/1916 [viene anche riportato un 1915] / SERGENTE /
TRIPOLI / TRASFERITO DALL’ALGERIA NEGLI STATI UNITI – DATI TRATTI DALL’ELENCO
316/C, PAGINA 72: RUOLI DI PRIGIONIERI MILITARI, PER UN TOTALE DI 7831
NOMINATIVI,TRASFERITI IN AMERICA DALL’AFRICA DEL NORD, COMPILATI DAI PADRI
BIANCHI E GIUNTI DA ALGERI L’8 GENNAIO 1944.
ANNO 1944 –
TUVERI ALBINO, NATO A IGLESIAS IL 1/7/1916 [una delle due date di nascita è
stata invertita, ma si tratta probabilmente della stessa persona] – SERGENTE –
CAMPO FLORENCE ARIZONA / 8^ COMPAGNIA – MATRICOLA N° 9WI=5225 – COMUNICATO
NOTIZIE IL 13 APRILE 1944 – A BRANCIAMORE SEBASTIANA / VIA GROTTA SANTA VICOLO 3
(SIRACUSA) – NOTIZIE TRATTE DALL’ELENCO 359/A, PAGINA 1149: RUOLI SPEDITI DA
WASHINGTON IL 24 GENNAIO E GIUNTI IL 27 MARZO 1944 CON I NOMINATIVI DI 9251
MILITARI INTERNATI NEI CAMPI DI FLORENCE, IN ARIZONA, E MONTICELLO IN ARKANSAS.
Il paese di origine di questo soldato potrebbe essere non Villacioro, ma
Villacidro, che si trova ad una trentina di chilometri da Sardara (ora provincia
di Medio Campidano), luogo di residenza dei congiunti della prima scheda