The desecration of collective memory

(To Tiziano Ciocchetti)

Last night, unknown persons entered the war cemetery of Nettuno, dedicated to the marines of the battalion Barbarigo, and they desecrated two tombs and took away the remains of those who rested there. The judiciary is investigating the episode.

Il Barbarigo was a battalion of the Xᵃ MAS (initially formed under the name of Mistral), reconstituted under the leadership of Commander Junio ​​Valerio Borghese, immediately after the armistice of 8 September. The battalion was structured on a command, 4 rifle companies and a command and services company.

After the armistice, the Xᵃ MAS did not choose Mussolini instead of the king, as the Duce is physically absent, it simply remains true to itself in the institutional vacuum, in the collapse of the national ruling class.

The founding of CSR will be a posthumous event and, in a certain way, its leaders will have to adapt to the agreements that Borghese had previously (and in a completely autonomous way) made with Germany.

The Xᵃ, from a small nucleus of naval specialists, then becomes an organic structure with a certain number of infantry battalions employed.

There is no doubt that those who enlisted in the Xᵃ chose not to follow King Vittorio Emanuele III, in what they considered a serious act of treason. Treason as the capital was abandoned, leaving it at the mercy of the Germans.

This is why last night's desecration appears even more vile, because it was perpetrated against those who, in good faith, chose not to flee, trying to maintain that sense of national unity that today we can only show off in football matches.