Italian Helmet

Date:
c. 1940

World War II Italian soldier’s helmet, size 61. Worn by Torino Ingagleiese during World War II. At the beginning of the war Italy was on the Fascist side and troops under Mussolini fought together with the Germans against the Allies in Africa and Sicily. In 1943 Italy switched sides and joined the Allies. Mussolini was placed under arrest, and a new government emerged. Although a few months later German paratroopers rescued Mussolini, he was killed April 28, 1945 by an angry group of Italian partisans. In September 1943, Allied forces in the Mediterranean Theater, still under General Eisenhower’s command, made landings on the Italian mainland at Salerno and Taranto. The campaigns in Italy were some of the most costly of the war.

Description (physical):

Steel, leather. L 27.7, W 24.2, H 15.6 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 12214
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower With General Mark Clark In Italy

Date:
1943
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2056
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower in an Army Jeep with President Roosevelt at Eisenhower's Headquarters in Sicily

Date:
Dec-43

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt selected General Eisenhower to lead the invasion of France while Eisenhower was serving as the Allied Commander of troops fighting in Italy.  He officially informed Eisenhower of this decision in early December 1943 when he paid a visit to Ike’s Headquarters in Sicily.

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
NARA 196611
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site