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10 April1977
Celebrating Liberation Day
Enzo Pasi
Music by Mattis Appelquist Dalton. Mix audio Théophile Gagnard

Alfonsine had little left to liberate on 10 April 1945. After months on the front line on the Senio, after Allied bombardments and German mines, 70 per cent of the Romagnolo town was destroyed when the 'Cremona' Combat Group arrived: a unit made up of soldiers from the Italian army disbanded after 8 September 1943, joined by many volunteers, namely partisans from Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches, later framed in the 1st Canadian Army Corps (8th British Army). Twenty-five years later, as always, they marched in procession, from the lower lands to the newly rebuilt centre. Behind the camera on 10 April 1970 is Enzo Pasi, in front are his friends and comrades from the battles then and now, and then his wives, daughters, sons. Almost all of them wear the uniform of the 28th Garibaldi Brigade 'Mario Gordini', that of Arrigo Boldrini, aka Bulow, strategist of the Resistance between Ravenna and Comacchio. In January 1945, the partisans of this formation had obtained from the Allies the right to wear the same uniform as the British, to which they added a red kerchief. And being attached to the 'Cremona', this uniform became an emblem of the group and then of the 10th April liberation.

In 1970, those parading in the procession are still the protagonists of the liberation, they are ex-combatants and relayettes: who knows what they are discussing, as they walk and smoke, behind the banners. Perhaps of the political crisis in Moscow, as the end of the Troika of Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgornyj is rumoured? Or of the Israeli bombing of an Egyptian military target that was actually a school? Or of the terrible sinking of the British tanker London Valour in front of the port of Genoa?