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Arnaldo Pegollo, 10th April 1944

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Arnaldo PegolloArnaldo PegolloAfter the Armistice of 8th September 1943 armed and civil resistance developed in this war torn land as a result of the harsh German occupation and increasingly difficult living conditions. This resistance won the Province of Massa-Carrara the Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare (the Gold Medal for Military Valour) and the Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile (the Gold Medal for Civilian Merit) for the Comune di Massa (Massa’s Town Council). In memory of this the Council and the European Community have reawakened these memories.

Born in Massa, on the 8th of April 1919 into an anti-fascist family, he was one of the first to choose a life in the mountains. He fought at Forno on the 13th of June 1944, managing to escape with his men. Commander with the code name “Naldo” in the III Company of the “Grupppo Patrioti Apuani”, from its foundation he was one of the most important collaborators of the Commandant “Pietro” Del Giudice.

He transferred to Garfagnana with his men on the orders of the Commander of the Group, to provide reinforcements to the partisans remaining on the Appuan slopes, making up at least in part for the shortage of food supplies in Massa’s plain. He made contact with the English Major Anthony Oldham, Commander of the Division “Lunense”. In October 1944 in order to formulate an agreement between the partisan groups operating on both sides of the Apuan Alps, he accompanied him along the via Vandelli, to a meeting at Forno with the Commanders of the Patrioti Apuani and the Garibaldine group. Following the collaboration agreement signed by these groups the men of “Naldo” (whose headquarters were now in Gorfigliano) and of “Vinci” went to fight in Garfagnana on the orders of Oldham.

Arnaldo PegolloArnaldo PegolloAfter the disbandment of the “Lunense” division following the great German round-up begun on the 27th of November 1944, “Naldo” went back to his original zone and actively participated in the fighting on the 2nd of December between the partisans from Massa and the Germans involved in the round-up. The unhappy clash was the hard proof of the military framework of the “Gruppo Patrioti Apuani”, but the conclusion meant re-organisation of his reduced force.

“Naldo” actively participated in the final offensive on the Gothic Line: he was trusted with the command of three partisan companies deployed on Mount Belvedere, where in the days of the 8th and 9th of April 1945 they were involved in the combat between the Japanese-American soldiers and the Germans of the Kesselring battalion. On the 10th of April 1945, in Massa, liberated that very morning, he was hit in front of the Palazzo Ducale by artillery fired by a German battery and was killed instantly by shrapnel.

He was posthumously awarded the Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare (the Gold Medal for Military Valour).

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