Cesare Amè

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Cesare Amè
Cesare Amè
10th Chief of the Servizio Informazioni Militare
In office
20 September 1940 – 18 August 1943
Preceded byGiacomo Carboni
Personal details
Born18 November 1892 (1892-11-18)
Cumiana, Kingdom of Italy
Died30 June 1983 (1983-07-01) (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
Angela Bettini
(m. 1927)
Alma materMilitary Academy of Modena
Military service
Years of service1912-1948
RankDivisional general

Cesare Amè (18 November 1892 – 30 June 1983) was an Italian general and intelligence officer, chief of the Servizio Informazioni Militare (the Italian military-intelligence service) from 1940 to 1943.


Born in Cumiana, Amè formed at the Military Academy of Modena; appointed second lieutenant in permanent service in 1912, he joined the 92º Regiment of Turin, with whom he took part to the Italo-Turkish War. Promoted liaison officer, after the World War I he was awarded one silver and two bronze medals.[1]

In 1921, Amè entered the Italian Military Intelligence Service (Servizio Informazioni Militare, SIM), being promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1927 and to colonel in 1937. He was appointed chief of SIM in 1940; during his service he tried to persuade Benito Mussolini to not entering war because of the Italian army's lack of preparation, and had to face Mussolini's reluctance to disclose his plans.[1][2]

On 18 August 1943, after the fall of Mussolini, Amè was removed from office by Pietro Badoglio and was assigned to the command of the Italian army division in Ljubljana. In 1948 he was appointed divisional general. He was later author of Guerra segreta in Italia ("Secret war in Italy", 1956) and of Il Servizio informazioni militare dalla sua costituzione alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale ("The Military Intelligence Service from its establishment to the end of World War II", released anonymously in 1957).[1]


  • Guerra segreta in Italia 1940-1943. Rome: Casini. 1954.
  • Il Servizio informazioni militare dalla sua costituzione alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale. Rome. 1957.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)


  1. ^ a b c De Lutiis 1988.
  2. ^ "E' morto Cesare Amè lo 007 di Mussolini". La Stampa. No. 154. 1 July 1983. p. 11.