How a man who spent years in the military helped save his own life
Il Venezia, March 11, 2019: In this excerpt from his autobiography, L’Abbado del Campo, Giuseppe Albiol, the author of “Il Campo” (The Black Hole), recalls his time in the army and how his service saved his own.
“In the army, there are certain rules that govern how you are treated,” Albiol told Radio Marche.
“It was in the Army of the Republic of Sicily, on a boat that I was going down, that the captain was looking at me and saying ‘You mustn’t say anything, you mustn´t say anything.
You can´t be angry with me, or talk about the war.
You mustn’t talk about anything.
If you don´t do that, you will be killed, because I was there for the revolution.”
Albiol, who is still alive, was a member of the Italian Army during World War II.
He served in the Sicilian Army from 1946 to 1952, where he was awarded the Legion of Honour.
“I was stationed in Sicily, and I had a small boat, the ‘Tristi’ which had four crew members,” Albio said.
“The crew members were all Italians.
I remember the captain said to me: ‘Listen, listen, if you are going to be in Sicily for three months, we have to put you in the black hole’.
So, I volunteered to go down with the other two guys, and we were taken into the black-hole.
There, we were given the orders to make a tunnel, which I did, and to make it to the shore.
But then I had to come back because I couldn´t stay with them any longer.””
I was in a boat for two weeks, and when I came back I couldn’t go on the boat anymore,” Albiel said.
The three others, who had to be brought to the island to be put into the submarine, were given a chance to leave.
“They were brought to an island, and then they were all taken to the submarine.
We stayed in the submarine for three days.
We had three meals a day.
They brought us food and we had some water.
I told them: ‘You will never be allowed to go in the water again.’ “
And then they put us in the boat again, and again they brought us back, and they gave the orders: ‘Get on the shore, and if you don’t come back, we will kill you, because you are on the island’.”
“I told them: ‘You will never be allowed to go in the water again.’
And they said: ‘No, we won´t let you go on a submarine.’
So I was really hungry, because it was the fourth time that we had had water. “
“I remember that I had only one meal a day, and that was the first day, I had no water.
So I was really hungry, because it was the fourth time that we had had water.
But we had just come back to shore, when we got on the beach.
And I saw a boat coming, and the captain told me: `You must not go into the water, because we are going down to the sea.’
I don´T know how many times I went down there. “
It seemed to me that I would die there.
I don´T know how many times I went down there.
And, in the middle of the night, I went into the sea.
I went back to my boat, so I could take a bath.
But the captain, he was the captain.
And he was going to take me to the top of the island.
And the next day I had enough water.
And they hit me. I couldn�t stand up. “
So, I remember coming to the surface, and suddenly, I heard footsteps, and it was a very angry Italian.
And they hit me. I couldn�t stand up.
They threw me onto the beach, and put me in the tub.
I was completely dehydrated.
And in the bath, I found a sponge.
They washed my face, but then they started to drain me out.
And that is when I was conscious.
I thought: I´m dying.””
It happened that I fell into the tub, and all the water went down my face.
But I wasn´t afraid, because my clothes were dry.
But when I went to the toilet, I was bleeding from the mouth.
And my face was swollen.
And it felt like I was being crushed.”
Albetoli’s life was changed forever when he became a victim of a car crash in 1956.
“Two cars hit me, and one