Giuseppe Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo

Giuseppe Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo (* 26. May 1901 in Rome; † 24. March 1944 in Rome) was an Italian engineer officer and resistance fighter.


it came of to an old piemontesischen aristocracy family (like Ferrari - boss Luca Cordero di Montezemolo), which had brought numerous officers , diplomats and cardinals out ( last Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo) for centuries. Giuseppe occurred in the age of 17 years as a Freiwilliger the Italian army and participated in the First World War . Danch studied it civil engineerings and taught as a captain at the military academy. After a general staff training course it kommandierte a communications battalion (belonged at that time to the engineer team), with which it participated also in the Spanish civil war. Starting from 1940 it served in the general staff (Comando Supremo). In June 1943 it befehligte as a Colonel a pioneer federation, one month later became it office manager of the new Italian head of the government Pietro Badoglio. In the city Rome occupied by German troops it worked starting from September 1943 under the pseudonym engineer. Giacomo Cateratto in a monarchistic aligned group of resistances, for which it kept also contact with the government Badoglio, with allied one and with the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale. Nazis and fascists exposed soon a high head money on Montezemolo, them after some weeks in the house of his fellow combatant, to second lieutenant Filippo De Grenet, arrests. Both men were for a long time tortured in the German police station in the via Torquato Tasso. They gave however no information about the resistance to price. Montezemolo were peeled off gradually the teeth, then the finger and toe nails. Montezemolo and De Grenet became then to 24. March 1944 in the Ardeatini caves murders. The two officers were distinguished posthum with the highest Italian military medal.


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