Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nazis in Rome...

I took this photo at a car show near Rome. Reminded me of the film The Scarlet and the Black. It was the Catholic General Stahel of the Luftwaffe, commanding Rome under Field-Marshal Kesselring, who on Sept. 13, 1943 telephoned the Papal Governor of Vatican City to inform him that a formal boundary guard of khaki-clad Nazi paratroopers in battle dress would be set up with the famous broad white line they then had painted across the pavement from one side of the colonnade to the other.

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