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It is not possible to fully understand the history of the Second World War without refering to the forces of the Axis.

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Giovanbattista Antonio "Nino" Galea .     Italian Merchant Marine Belvedere   from Genoa, Italy)

Nino left Genoa in October 1939, a young man with a new wife and infant daughter.He was fortunate to find work as a merchant marine ont he ship Belvedere. The ship departed the port of Genoa for Marseille then for a transatlantic journey. In 1940 the ship docked in Philadelphia. Nino and his shipmates explored the region, making contacts with fellow Italians and experiencing the American life..until the war broke out and Italy was declared an enemy nation. In 1941 pres. Rooselvelt ordered the seizure of all italians in the U.S. or who entered on a vessel. 1,300 men were shipped to Ft. Missoula, Montana on a labor camp, joined by hundreds of others from the world's fair in NY. The Italians arrived and were awed by the natural beauty of Montana..and exclaimed Che bella vista! What a beautiful view! The camp was christened "Bella Vista" fromt hat moment forward. For over two years the men worked and created community, learning new skills, and learning to adapt to the land they would come to love. Nino worked int he kitchen, did carpentry, and gardening and played the accordion and guitar at the many nites of entertainment by the prisoners. When the war ended and the camp was shut down, the men were ordered out. NIno faced deportation. He fought to obtain citizenship and after 11 years..achieved that status. Then he was able to call for his family to join him..after 15 years of separation. What a reunion at Ellis island. A story of survival, discovery and above else, enduring love.

Stefania LaMonaca



Hans Vernon Garresser .       from Germany)

Hans Vernon Garresser was a German POW in a camp in Purfleet, Essex. He was returned to Germany at the end of 1947 or beginning of 1948. He worked on the Belhus Estate, Aveley.




Sgt. Horst Grosse-Heitmeyer .     Luftwaffe Kampfgeschwader 53 (d.9th August 1942)

He-111 H-6 (7492) of Kampfgeschwader (Condor Legion) 53 was shot down and crashed at Worthing, Sussex on the evening of 9th August 1942. Five Germans were killed and are buried in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery in Plot 4, Row 8 Uffz. (Sgt) Horst Grosse-Heitmeyer (grave 242) Gefr. (L/Cpl) Guenter Gruessner (grave 243) Obergefr. (Cpl) Joachim Wolfgang Richter (grave 247) Obergefr. (Cpl) Ferdinand Dolezal (grave 245) Uffz. (Sgt) Albin Johann Adam Kielmann (grave 246)




L/Cpl Guenter Gruessner .     Luftwaffe Kampfgeschwader 53 (d.9th August 1942)

He-111 H-6 (7492) of Kampfgeschwader (Condor Legion) 53 was shot down and crashed at Worthing, Sussex on the evening of 9th August 1942. Five Germans were killed and are buried in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery in Plot 4, Row 8:

  • Uffz. (Sgt) Horst Grosse-Heitmeyer (grave 242)
  • Gefr. (L/Cpl) Guenter Gruessner (grave 243)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Joachim Wolfgang Richter (grave 247)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Ferdinand Dolezal (grave 245)
  • Uffz. (Sgt) Albin Johann Adam Kielmann (grave 246)










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