(…) ieri ho quindi preso la mia vespina e sono andato a farmi un bel bagno nelle sacre acque del castel Boccale… undici minuti netti di strada con il mio zainetto con fotocamera, costume, asciugamano e maschera, ieri… anche ieri il mare era bellissimo, caldo, limpido e pieno di pesci… un ora per rigenerarmi e tornare nel mondo… bella giornata ieri. (…)
An Italian civilian policeman provides an American soldier a refreshing drink of water following Operation Husky: the Allied invasion of Sicily and the capture of the town of Troina from Axis forces. The town was mostly destroyed during six days of fighting. Although both the Italian military police force (Carabinieri) and civilian police forces (to a lesser degree) assisted in the suppression of opposition during the rule of Benito Mussolini, they were also instrumental in his downfall on 25 July 1943 and many units were disbanded by occupying Germany, which resulted in large numbers of the Italian Carabinieri, as well as local, civilian policemen (State, Provincial and Municipal) switching allegiances and joining the Italian Resistance movement. Troina, Province of Enna, Sicily, Italy. August 1943.