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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020



Valerio Paolo Mosco

The War of Captain Terragni


Lieutenant Giuseppe Terragni was called to arms in September 1939. He was among the first to leave on military duties before Italy was even at war – which it entered a year later, in August 1940. He left surreptitiously, with a discretion bordering on carelessness, the day he learnt that his Danteum project was temporarily shelved. He spent his long training period – which would lead to his departure for Yugoslavia first and then for the Soviet Union – in Cremona, Caprino Veronese and Nettunia, shuttling between the different barracks, and Como, where several projects and especially opportunities for other assignments had been left on the table. He left convinced that he could handle military duties and professional ambition at the same time. He was not wrong: the year following his departure was indeed one of the most productive of his life.





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