Fighting With The Enemy: When NZ Soldiers Joined Italian Resistance

Author(s): Susan Jacobs

Second World War

A story of adventure, hardship and incredible heroism - among ordinary people on both sides of a war. When Italy capitulated during the Second World War, the Germans retaliated against their former ally with brutal force; almost overnight the Italian Resistance was born. Over 450 Kiwi prisoners-of-war saw escape as their only hope. A pathway to precarious safety was provided by the partisans, who were still fighting German and Italian Fascists, and by ordinary Italian families. Many were captured again, and some were tortured and killed. The relationships forged between these New Zealanders and their Italian helpers are keenly remembered and honoured by both sides today. Their stories provide an insight into the Italian Resistance itself, its heroism, sacrifice and impact. Moving and exhilarating, Fighting with the Enemy shows the human side of war.


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Susan Jacobs was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She has strong ties with Italy where she spent nine years studying Italian and teaching English in rural Umbria and Tuscany during the 1970s and 80s. Susan has a PhD in Italian from the University of Auckland, where she tutored part-time for many years. Currently she is Research Manager at the Auckland Institute of Studies of St Helens, and lives in Auckland with her partner and four daughters. This is her first book.

General Fields

  • : 9780143018629
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
  • : 0.435449
  • : January 2003
  • : 230x150mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan Jacobs
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : English
  • : 940.53/93
  • : Very Good
  • : 271pp
  • : BxW photographs