By I. Williams
Utilizing unique records, the Allied career of southern Italy, fairly Sicily and Naples, is illustrated by means of analyzing crime and unrest via Allied squaddies, deserters, rogue troops and Italian civilians from drunkenness, robbery, rape, and homicide to riots, demonstrations, black marketeering and prostitution.
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Everywhere they went they had an impact on their surroundings aside from those of war, but the pressures were greater on some parts than others, notably the city of Naples, which remained an AMG zone until the order was given to leave in December 1945. A July 1945 Provost Marshal report on the Italian campaign for the War Office, said of the area, Apart from several Allied divisions waiting to crack Cassino in 1944, the number of troops (British) centred upon Naples was 199,000 at its peak. On top of this was a huge American base set-up.
55 The remaining 41 spent about two weeks at the Military Government School at Chrea, and then they too were despatched to Sicily. This first untrained contingent was followed by two further groups who had at least had basic civil affairs training. 56 While the calibre of civil affairs general recruits has been criticized, there has been little criticism of the police officers who served in civil affairs. 57 Police recruits […] were picked men released by the Home Office from an exacting and honourable service, eager to serve, but with good employment to which they could ultimately return.
Another local resident, Giovanni di Miceli, in charge of the IRN’s mechanical stores, was arrested after a quantity of the stores was found in his personal possession, stores that had apparently been given or sold at a very low price to him by Ingrassia. 34 Yet another example of illegal enterprise was the US Private in the Quartermaster Company who was employed as ‘projectionist and generator man’ at a cinema set aside for use of US troops in Naples. The statement of Private Curry at his court martial gives an insight into what it was possible for soldiers to get away with when not on the front line.
Allies and Italians under Occupation: Sicily and Southern Italy 1943–45 by I. Williams