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Italy WW2 17th Infantry Regiment 33 Acqui Division Massacre Military Medal Cephalonia 1943 Italian Commemorative


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ITALY: WW2 Commemorative Medal for the Massacre of the 17th 
Infantry Regiment of the Acqui Division of the Italian Army, on the 
island of Cephalonia (15-26 Sep. 1943). 

On the obverse: the Coat of Arms of the Acqui Division.
On the reverse: the map of the island of Cephalonia , the places 
(Casetta Rossa, Telegraphos) and the dates of the main incidents, 
together with the motto of the division ”Aquensem Legionem Time” 
(Themes of the Acqui Legion).

The Massacre of the Acqui Division, also known as the  Cephalonia 
Massacre, was the mass execution of the Italian Prisoners of War 
(PoWs) of the 33rd Acqui Infantry Div. 
(among them their officers and the Commander of the Division 
General Antonio Gandin) by the German 1st Gebirg (Mountain) Div. 
and 104th Jager (Hunter’s) Div., on the island of Cephalonia, in 
Greece, following the Italian armistice during the WW2.

In total, 1315 Italians were killed in battle fighting the Germans, 
5155 were executed and 3000 were drowned when the German 
ships taking them to concentration camps were sunk.
The massacre provided the historical background to the novel 
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which later became a Hollywood film.
The medal is an unofficial award that was issued after the WW2 and 
it is very rare.


WW2 1939 1945

Item 100% original - original ribbon of the rarest type

Condition as on the photos
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Product Code: 02764

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