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Concetto Suma said...

The story of Harry that we read yesterday on Corriere della sera newspaper is beautiful and moving.
We are an italian couple that in last two years followed the tracks of a soldier of 96th infantry regiment that died in an attack near Gorizia (in the est area of North of Italy) in 1916, 15 of August. We followed the track in the same mainf that you follow Harry's movement, using the regiment diary that gave us detailed information about locations, dates, timing and movement of Concetto Suma.
The Bank Foundation 'Fondazione Monte di Pietà' and Handcratf Association 'Confartigianato Vicenza' recently have published the history of the war of Concetto Suma. During our researches following infantry man tracks we took a lot of pics and here you can see some of these WW1 places pictures at this address and take further information about Concetto Suma
Congratulations for Harry'story!

Francesca ed Enrico

06 January 2008 02:14

Anonymous IanD said...

I'm using can play with the dates so that they match exactly...see

08 January 2008 05:24

Blogger Chris Paul said...

Missing words, sight unseen might be:



13 January 2008 04:02

Thanks to Chris and others. The new scan from the PRO has solved all the problems. BL

Anonymous Anonymous said...

bellissimo lavoro, complimenti
pagine di storia da ricordare
Venezia Italia

13 January 2008 05:32

Blogger Justin said...

I downloaded the picture of the entry and played with the brightness and contrast so the words show up better. I believe/guess that the first missing word is "reach" as in "reach the enemy's line" and the second blank might be "any" along with either "boat" or "chart" as in "lack of any boat"

Just my best guesses.

13 January 2008 11:10

Thanks to Justin and others. The new scan from the PRO has solved all the problems. BL

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic series of blogs - well done.

I think the war diaries really do add colour and understanding to Harry's letters. Just one thing; have you thought of publishing a glossary of common abreviations used in the diary? I have found it hard to understand some of the entries because of this.

Keep up the great work.

13 January 2008 20:43

A good idea. Time is a problem at the moment. There are WW1 glossaries available on -line for the moment. Try BL
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job. I live in the area. Some hints for you. Dec 3rd 1917: MONTELLA is wrong -->MONTELLO
Bye bye, Alex

17 January 2008 02:21

Thank you corrections made. My transcription was at fault. BL

Blogger luigi pellizzari said...

Congratulations for the great job. I live in Montebelluna and my grandmother (born in 1896)used to tell me about the British soldiers posted here during the great war. They used to exchange their abundant chocolate and marmalade (very rare in wartime Italy) for fresh milk and "polenta". The British troops also played the very first football match in this town as witnessed by my grandmother and described by Lamin.
A few years ago the local parish published the diary of the Montebelluna priest during the world war 1 years who gives a vivid account of the arrival of the British troops here.
I recommend the following book to learn more about the British troops in Italy: "The British Army in Italy 1917-1918" by John Wilks & Eileen Wilks - Pen & Sword Books Ltd. -Barnley. I really look forward to reading more of Lamin's diary.
Luigi Pellizzari
Montebelluna - Italy

13 January 2008 12:54

Blogger Tim said...

I think ADMS is probably Assistant Director of Medical Services

08 October 2007 13:56

Blogger Paul said...

I to believe it stands for Assistant Director of Medical Services

I found it on the following link.

Keep up the great work. My 10 yr old is really interested in the blog and if it teaches him anything about WW1 and it's horrors, all the better.

Thank you, both contributors BL

09 October 2007 03:35

Blogger Jackie said...

I have never been a history buff, but this blog highlights the importance of learning about the past.

03 November 2007 21:33

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the mention of the Micmac camp on the 15th and sixteenth is intriguing.

The Micmac tribe is a native Canadian tribe in New Brunswick & Nova Scotia.

I wonder if there is a Canadian connection here, specifically with a Maritime regiment.

Dave P (Canadian Maritimer)

29 November 2007 08:51

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Es una página excelente.
Le agradezco su publicación.

Desde Catalunya (spain).
Un saludo : Miguel-Ángel Cerveró.

08 January 2008 02:09

Anonymous frogprof said...

Dave P [Canadian Maritimer]: The Battle of Vimy Ridge was THE defining battle for Canada, getting her out from under the shadow of Great Britain [which had gotten Canada into the War anyway]. This Battle, from 9-12 April 1917, is remembered with a memorial [actually Canadian territory] in Northern France not too far from Calais [see].
Five hundred of the first 32,000 troops sent from Canada were Newfoundlanders -- were they Maritimers?
I don't know if they were stationed at the same place as Harry Lamin, but the Canadian War Museum's site says that many Canadian troops were stationed in the eastern Mediterranean ... maybe that includes Italy, where Harry seems to "be" now.

08 January 2008 15:58

Anonymous frogprof said...

By the way, Dave P, I hope I wasn't insulting your intelligence -- if you knew all about Vimy ridge already, my apologies! :)

08 January 2008 16:00

Sarah said,
This is like totally incredible. I cant believe that you could remember all this I can scarcely remember what had for breakfast today. But dang! that's a lot of stuff to remember!

14 November 2007 05:51

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