Blood from a Stone (Commissario Brunetti, Book 14) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon's the world over bestselling crime sequence, is again, in a unique that mixes an inventive plot with an captivating portrait of up to date Venice. On a chilly December evening, a Senegalese guy who sells counterfeit model add-ons is killed at the Campo Santo Stefano. What first seems to be an easy conflict among rival purchasers quickly increases questions: What was once a penniless foreigner doing with a fortune in diamonds? And why does Brunetti's boss wish him off the case? lovers of Donna Leon could be extremely joyful with Blood from a Stone, as Brunetti delves into the secrets and techniques of Venice's immigrant neighborhood and keeps to discover corruption within the higher echelons of the govt..

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It is not unusual to find in the accounts of the second Alamein battle comments about two battalions of the 62º Reggimento of the ‘Trento’ division that, facing the 9th Australian Division, at the start of Operation Lightfoot on the night of 23 October 1942, fell under Eighth Army’s artillery fire and fled the battle scene, leaving a gap in the line. This is how Rommel told the story in his account of the battle, but one has only to check the available German records and the official Australian history to discover a different story; those Italian soldiers did not flee the battle scene, but were hit heavily by an artillery barrage that killed more than half of them.

Vitetti) too often divided officers from the other ranks also contributed to a failure in developing a real sense of belief and belonging amongst the Italian soldiers; seeing the example of Rommel, a general who openly experienced the same dangers and discomforts as his own soldiers, the average Italian soldier found it hard to understand why, in the Italian army, discomforts affected only them, and not their officers. It is not surprising, taking these factors into account, that soldiers from some of the elite units such as the ‘Ariete’ armoured, the ‘Trieste’ motorized, and the ‘Folgore’ parachute divisions were able to develop not only a stronger sense of esprit de corps and of camaraderie, but also a deeper sense of belief and belonging than most of the other soldiers belonging to the infantry units ever did.

It is interesting that they are wearing the 1940-model greenish-khaki tropical uniform and pith helmets but no neck sling to support ammunition pouches. The fact that they are wearing brand new uniforms without lapel badges (apart from the national star) suggests these are either replacements or soldiers back from a rest camp. (Filippo Cappellano) H only scant fresh meat, and bread was often mouldy). Motor transport was scarce and the officers, mostly substantive, lacked technical skill. With units broken down into different strongpoints, and having no reserves, there was nothing the commanders could do when the time came to fight.

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