The Info List - Salussola Massacre

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Salussola massacre

Monument built in Salussola, nearby the place where on march 9th 1945 were murdered 20 young partisans in retaliation by a group of Italian fascist soldiers.

Location Salussola, Italy

Date 9 march 1945 dawn

Target Partisans

Deaths 20

Non-fatal injuries


Perpetrators Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale

The Massacre of Salussola consists in the execution, preceded by torture, of 20 Italian Partisans, committed in retaliation by Italian Fascist soldiers on March 9, 1945 in the town of Salussola (Italy).


1 The facts 2 The victims 3 See also 4 References 5 Sources

The facts[edit] In late February 1945, the 109th Garibaldi Brigade, was moving across Piedmont (N.W. Italy) which at the time was occupied by Germans troops and held by the Italian MVSN, ("Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale"). During the march, a detachment of "Zoppis" made up of 33 partisans, stopped to rest in a farmhouse in the Province of Vercelli. In the early hours of March 1, they were taken by surprise and taken prisoner by a Command of Italian Fascist soldiers. The thirty-three men were all taken to different places and a group of twenty-one was led towards the small town of Biella. The Fascista soldier then pretended to create an exchange with German prisoners. but in Salussola, after a whole night of torture and violences documented by the only one survivor,[1] the prisoners were killed by machine guns at dawn on March 9, 1945. The massacre was intended as a reprisal to an attack conducted a few days earlier by other Partisans to a column of military trucks of the "Montebello"’s Fascist Command, which were moving through Salussola. A truck was destroyed in the attack and four soldiers killed. The victims[edit]

memorial of the Salussola's slaughter (1945) conserved in the Town Museum. It remembers the 20 partisans murdered there in retaliation by Italian fascists on march 9th 1945.

Note: Alias (noms de guerre) were a very important part in the life of the Partisans. Mainly used to conceal the true identity (it was a clandestine army) the Alias name outlined also in most cases the character and the personality of the owners. It thus enabled at the same time to hide oneself outside, and to be recognized inside among the other Partisans for a personal, moral or physical characteristic.[2]

Buscaglino Francesco alias "Barbera" born in Pray (Bi) on 1902 Costa Luigi alias "Gigi" born in Masserano (Bi) on 1906 Foglia Bruno alias "Ebano" born in Crevacuore (Bi) on 1926 Marchesini Valter alias "Orlando" born in Crevacuore (Bi) on 1925 Menti Gino alias "Colassi" born in Pray (Bi) on 1914 Nicolini Angelo alias "Budda" born in Cureggio (No) on 1925 Ortoleva Giovanni alias "Iacon" born in Isnello (Pa) on 1921 Picco Giuseppe alias "Trento" born in Roasio (Vc) on 1916 Pela Francesco alias "Cirillo" born in Pray (Bi) il 1893 Ronchi Antonio alias "Figaro" born in Lessona (Bi) on 1920 Riboldazzi Guido alias "Pulcino" born in Crevacuore (Bi) on 1923 Rocca Florindo alias "Lince" born in Crocemosso ora Vallemosso (Bi) on 1920 Rocca Giulio alias "Gino" born in Crocemosso ora Vallemosso (Bi) on 1920 Sesia Gaudenzio alias "Sesia" born in Novara on 1925 Salis Gerardo alias "Palmiro" born ind Asigliano (Vc) on 1926 Tempia Valenta Edo alias "Brunello" born in Mezzana (Bi) on 1926 Tondi Enrico alias "Vecio" born in Lessona (Bi) on 1900 Tondi Dante alias "Legnano" born in Lessona (Bi) on 1915 Tugnolo Rolando alias "Dispari" born in Collobiano (Vc) on 1926 Tosin Valentino alias "Bissa" born in Mezzana (Bi) on 1911

See also[edit]

Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre Lidice Kľak Oradour-sur-Glane Ochota massacre Khatyn massacre Italian Campaign (World War II) List of massacres in Italy German war crimes


^ "Zona Libera, 15 marzo 1945" Witness (in Italian) of Sergio Canuto Rosa "Pittore" filed, a few days after the massacre, at the Command of the Free Zone. Preserved in the Museum of Salussola. ^ http://www.anpi.it/media/uploads/patria/2009/3/10-15_COLOMBARA.pdf Tom, Lupo, Fulmine e gli altri L’universo dei nomi di battaglia partigiani (Tom, Wolf, Lightning and the others: the univers of the Partisans' war names)


ad memoriam (in Italian) audio testimony of the only partisan who escaped the massacre "Sala dell'eccidio" (in Italian) "Slaughter's room" set up in the Museum-Laboratory of gold and stone in Salussola. I 20 trucidati names and images of the 20 murdered partisans. Statement made by the priest father Giuseppe Dotto on October 19th 1945 the commander of the Police Station of Salussola. (in Italian). The speech of the Minister of Defense Antonio Martino in 2002 (in Italian) Photos of Commemoration 2002 - Ministry of Defence The Partisan "Pittore" is named Knight of the Republic