Armored group “Leoncello”


An armored unit that has always aroused curiosity and interest, the Armored Group of the “Leoncello” was one of the few armored units of the Italian Social Republic, the only one of the Tanker specialty. Until a few years ago, the information relating to this department was very scarce and could only be deduced from some very short excerpts from an autobiographical volume by Gian Carlo Zuccaro, commander of the “Leoncello”, and from the brief historical summary presented by Giorgio Pisanò in his famous work of 1960s “The last ones in Grigioverde”, a synthesis that was plagued, however, by many historical errors. With the publication of the book by Sergio Corbatti and Marco Nava “Come il Diamante!” many aspects of the short operational life of this tank department have been clarified. The discovery and analysis of a series of previously unknown documents allowed the author to further investigate the subject.

This volume therefore presents the story of the “Leoncello”, from the conception, fruit of his vigorous commander Captain Zuccaro, from his birth at the Carristi Depot in Verona, to his epilogue in the days of the partisan insurrection.

By Paolo Crippa, 100 pages
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