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I was inspired for this picture by a beautiful image by Vinicio.
I visited that small Second World War Cemetery just one time, more or less 6 or 7 years ago, it's located inside a large park on the western side of Milan, The Parco di Trenno.

There was anybody there, and i think that really often that cemetery is empty of people.

It was a wonderful end of the day, with cold wind and a fantastic blue sky, some autumnal colours on the trees and the cemetery was covered by a big silence, just some crows flying over and the wind sound in the trees.

There were buried 421 guys, all foreigners from many countries of the world that fought with the Allied Army against the Nazi-Fascist troups in North Italy, and lost lifes in Milan.

316 from United Kingodm.
39 from South Africa.
22 from Australia.
22 from New Zealand.
17 from Canada.
2 from Italy.
1 from India.
1 from China.
1 from Jamaica.

There were 2 Italian guys, both with surname typicall of Milan and both buried in this Allied Cemetery.
At the begginings i thinked that they were part of the Resistenza, the Italian Maquis, but both were Official of the Italian Army.
Maybe both were part of the Italian Army that from the 1943 fought for 2 years with the Allied against the Nazi-Fascist in North Italy, and were aggregate to the Allied troops. As many other buried there they were Paratroopers; the others were all Aviators.
The most part were killed between the beginnings of 1944 and the 24 April 1945, the day before the end of the war in North Italy.
The most part were realy young guys, for the largest number under the 25 years, not few 18 or 19 years old.

Model: NIKON D40
Software: Capture NX 1.0.0 W
Exposure Time: 3125/1000000 sec
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 18/1 mm
Date Taken: 2007-10-20 18:14
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 181 kb

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