Alessandro Gualtieri


Tales from the manslaughters of the Isonzo River,

Caporetto and the Great War


available in bookshops worldwide

Ledizioni ISBN: 97888959940408

In 2008 the diary of a World War I Italian soldier in the front line trenches of Italy in WW I was opened for the world to see.  It had been in the safe keeping of his American born daughter who could not understand the Italian writing for some many years.  Today, an Italian scholar has translated and published this remarkable insight into the real life of a brave, hard working soldier fighting in hopeless combat.

Settimio Damiani was one of only 6 percent of the Italian population who could actually read and write in the early 20th century.  Even more rare, was owning a pen or pencil in the midst of combat.  Settimio gave up crackers in exchange for a pen to write in his diary.  (Think of it as a meal for a hard working man fed almost starving rations)  The diary delivers the story of the irrepressible spirit of this young man, who returned briefly to Italy from America, knowing he would be drafted.  Settimio was sent to the front lines to repel the German/Austrian attack.  Everyone knew the Italians were outmanned, out gunned and lambs for the slaughter.  Day after day, he fought to save his comrades or to bury them, weakened, worried, and dedicated to do his duty.

In America,  he eventually sent for his wife and 6 year old son Eleuterio (Ted), and had 3 more children, Cesare (Chester), Gaetano (Guy), and Nicolena (Lena).  His daughter kept the diary of her quiet father.  It is ironical that years after his death, she is hearing his story through the devoted work of an Italian scholar, Alessandro Gualtieri  and her nephew, Tim Damiani, devoted to the family history who contacted the scholar with the copy of the diary.

Alessandro Gualtieri, co-authoring the book with another WWI Italian historian and journalist, Giovanni Dalle Fusine,  finalized his research and iconographic material with Italian/International publishers, which released both the Italian and the English versions of this book in 2009.

Translated from “Dal Piave alla prigionia” by Alessandro Gualtieri, “An Italian Forever”, is available at bookshops worldwide and on the Internet.

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has been recently presented in Acquaviva Picena, Italy, the hometown of its protagonist.

Click to see the presentation

Click the above picture to listen to Settimio Damiani’s war accounts as per a recent podcast by BBC World Service.

Or download the p02s72j1-witness_20150525-0650a.mp3.