Kos: Dopo la battaglia

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KOS - 8 SETTEMBRE/4 OTTOBRE 1943
DOPO LA BATTAGLIA 
Il rapimento del Generalmajor Karl Heinrich Georg Kreippe da parte di un Commando inglese
THE KOS MASSACRE (October 4,1943) When the island of Kos (Coo) in the Aegean, fell to the German forces, a total of 1,388 British and 3,145 Italian troops were taken prisoner. Italy had signed an armistice on September 8 and the Italian troops were now fighting on the British side. On September 11, Hitler gave the order to execute all Italian officers who were captured. The officer in charge of the Italian troops was Colonel Felice Leggio. He, and 103 of his officers, were marched to a salt pan just east of the town of Kos and there, shot in groups of ten. They were buried in mass graves. When Kos was returned to Greece after the war, the bodies were dug up and transported back to Italy for burial in the Military Cemeter...

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