Italy - Kingdom of: A potentially interesting Battle of Piave November 1917 Infantry Company Commander’s Al Valore Militare in Bronze awarded to Captain Giuseppe Maranzana, 202nd Reggimento Fanteria. Maranzana from Genoa, commanded a company during the fighting in the Piave region, and led a successful attack and captured enemy positions at Zenson-di-Piave on the 12th to 14th November 1917, service for which he was awarded the Al Valore Militare in Bronze, he having led his men forward against an enemy position which he captured, and which was then heavily hit by enemy machine gun and artillery fire and subjected to numerous counterattacks, which despite losses, he held off. His award was gazetted in July 1919. He later appears to have become and accountant, and was one of a group of First World War veterans who having originally supported it, owing to to his experiences in the trenches, then became a liberal and renounced militarism. As such he was against the Fascist State of Mussolini. As of July 1943 he was actively preparing for a future without Fascism and was one of the Italian Resistance organisers on a committee preparing for the fall of Italian Fascism.
Italy - Kingdom of: Al Valore Militare in Bronze, obverse with F.G. initials, reverse officially engraved: ‘CAPITANO GIUSEPPE MARANZANA / - ZENSON DI PIAVE 12-14 - XI - 917’, housed in its fitted presentation case.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Giuseppe Maranzana was born in Genoa (Genova) and saw service during the First World War as a Captain (Capitano) with the 202nd Infantry Regiment.
As a company commander he led a successful attack and captured enemy positions at Zenson-di-Piave on the 12th to 14th November 1917, service for which he was awarded the Al Valore Militare in Bronze, the citation being published in the Bollettino Ufficiale of the Ministry of War No.49 of 4th July 1919.
The Italian language citation reads as follows: ‘Con perizia esemplare e con bello entussiasmo, guidava la propria compagnia al l'attacco di una posizione nemica in una zona intensamente battuta dal tiro di mitragliatrieri e di artiglieria avversaria,affermandosi salle posizioni conquistate nonostante le continue e numerose perdite ea i contrattachhi del nemico. - Zenson di Piave, 12-14 Novembre 1917.’
This translates into English as: ‘With exemplary skill and great enthusiasm, he led his company to attack an enemy position in an area intensely hit by enemy machine gun and artillery fire, asserting himself on the positions conquered despite the continuous and numerous losses and the enemy's counterattacks.’
Documents and articles found on line appear to refer to Maranzana as one of a group of First World War veterans who having originally supported it, owing to to his experiences in the trenches, he then became a liberal and renounced militarism, and went on to rebel against the Fascist State and later formed part of the Italian Resistance as an organiser. He had become an accountant, and as of July 1943 he was actively preparing for a future without Fascism and was one of the organisers on a committee that included Angelo Bellato, Walter Audisio, Ottavio Maestri, Livio Pivano, and Edmondo Ferrari.