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Italian Album

    Every now and then, I find beautiful and interesting historical pictures of Italian aircraft and the people around them, probably rarely seen in the Anglosphere.      I hope you will find them interesting too.      Your comments will be greatly appreciated.        Thank you.      Rome, Centocelle Airport (now closed), April 15, 1909. The Wright brothers were in Italy to show their airplane and hopefully win over more clients. The first airplane to fly in Italy had been Delagrange’s Voisin, on May 25,1908.      1919. The Royal Army wants to contribute to the development of air transportation. A SVA (Savoia Verduzio Ansaldo) of the 66th Fighter Squadriglia of the Italian Royal Army is loading the mail for the Pisa, Piacenza, Milan, Turin postal route.      The Caproni Ca.1 (Ca.300 HP)  three-engine airplane was a former bomber, re-designated Ca. 31 and Ca.32 in the post-war period and modified for passenger service with the installation of

That Wizard of Zog

April 1 st , 2020 was the 81 st anniversary of the Italian invasion of Albania. Alberto Rosselli recalled the event with this article, that I translated, which appeared on the Italian magazine StoriaVerità . I hope you will find it interesting. Your comments, as always, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, L. Pavese King Zog         When King Zog of Albania opened the doors wide to the Italian invasion. By Alberto Rosselli. (Translated by L. Pavese). After a long period spanning the late Middle Ages and the early Modern Era of the 20 th century, that was characterized by close ties between the Albanian people and some Southern Italian potentates – which was mainly an anti-Ottoman alliance for economic and geopolitical reasons – that fellowship changed, prompting the Kingdom of Italy, that between 1915 and 1918 was engaged in the conflict with the Central Powers, to make armed penetrations into Albanian land. It is worth remember