Four or five days after the prison breakout at Camp 59 in Servigliano - on September 14, 1943 - Gino and his family were approached at their home by three Englishmen. With gestures, while talking in English, they indicated they needed food and shelter.
In the weeks after the Armistice, the Germans took full control of the territory. They conducted inspections along the road systems and raids into private houses to capture the escaped Allied soldiers.
When fascists and Germans found escaped POWs in some of the houses, those houses were burned down. In order to protect his family, Gino, then 17 years old, dug a cave-shelter for the men in a steep slope in his family’s woods. [...]