Giulio Martinat

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Alpini general Giulio Martinat

Giulio Martinat (24 February 1891 in Perrero - 26 January 1943 in Nikolayevka[disambiguation needed]) was an Italian General during World War II. He was killed leading his men of the 2 Alpine Division Tridentina in the Battle of Nikolayevka.[1]


Born in a small town of Piemonte, he enrolled in the Italian Army when young and fought in the conquest of Libya in 1911. In 1935 went to the conquest of Ethiopia and in 1939 of Albania, where he distinguished himself receiving medals of honor.[citation needed]

In 1939 he published a book titled "Il grande capo d'una grande impresa", edited by "Societa Studi Valdesi", about the qualities of the military leader Duca d'Aosta in 1690 against the French.[citation needed]

In 1942 was sent to Russia, where was promoted to "General" of the Tridentina "Alpini" division.[citation needed]

In January 1943 Giulio Martinat was leading his troops in the Don area, where was killed in combat receiving the Italian Gold Medal of Military Valor.[2] His sacrifice opened the road for the Italian withdrawal at the Battle of Nikolayevka.[3]

The town of Perrero, where was born, has dedicated a monument to him in May 1950.[4]




  • Bedeschi, Giulio. Centomila gavette di ghiaccio. Mursia editore. Milano, 1994 ISBN 88-425-1746-1
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 

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