Uncle Gigino Cacchioli. Lost in Russia, WWII. Gigino was conscripted into
the Italian Army about 1938 to fight in the Ethiopian campaign.
Subsequently he fought in Albania and was then sent to Russia. He along with
many members of his division, (about 10,000 men), simply vanished never to
be heard from again. To this day no one knows what happened to those young men.
How well I remember the first letter Mom received from
Italy after the war ended. Just getting it was wonderful news, but it also
contained the news of Gigino's loss. She cried for a day. That was not easy time
for Mom. I am sad for her whenever I look at this photo. We forget how times
could be tough in those days. There was much Pain and sorrow.
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