Partisan group of Nicola Prospero.

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  1. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hot off the press from David Paterson, a relative of Donald Russell's who has been contacted by Nicola Russell, the granddaughter of David Russell, Donald's younger brother. It came to him via Facebook:

    At war Donald Russell had been taken as a prisoner of war about 2 or 3 times. He did fight with the partisans. When taken as a prisoner, the Germans lined up all the prisoners. They asked uncle Donald if he was English, and he said No, I am Scottish, and he told them that another couple of the soldiers were Scottish too. The German took them all aside and told them to stand at the other side of the room. The Germans then shot everyone else, and let Uncle Donald and the few other Scottish people go. He asked Uncle Donald whereabouts in Scotland he was from and he said Shettleston. The German soldier told them he had installed machinery at McFarlane Langs in Tollcross, and this saved their lives as he let them go.

    He took a long time to recover after the war. One of the camps they were in he was injured in a quarry.

    Someone once said ---everything comes to he who waits.....

    Vitellino
     
  2. ArmyBoyandMan

    ArmyBoyandMan Active Member

    Nice one Vitellino the Question about what happened to Donald Russell solved at long last Bravo
     
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  3. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Here is Donald (left) with his brother David (centre) and his brother-in-law George Davidson. This photo was sent to me by Nicola, David Russell's granddaughter.

    A very happy ending.

    Vitellino
     

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  4. ArmyBoyandMan

    ArmyBoyandMan Active Member

    It's great to see the Man at last and as you said Vitellino a happy ending to this war time story
     
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  5. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The thanks should go to Travers who traced Donald Russell's relative David Paterson. David Paterson was contacted by NIcola Russell and he sent her details to me. Thanks also to Papiermache who provided the war crimes files. A great piece of team work, which is what this forum is all about.

    An article has been written on the subject by two people from the area of Forno Canavese and is due to come out now. When it does I will translate it and post it here for all to see,

    Vitellino
     
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  6. ArmyBoyandMan

    ArmyBoyandMan Active Member

    Yes Vitellino as you said Travers, David Paterson, and Nicola Russell all Deserve a big thank you for
    Solving the Donald Russell mystery, sorry if I’ve made it sound a bit like an Agatha Christie novel
     

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  7. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The Article is out!!

    It's quite long but I will translate is a.s.a.p.
     
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  8. ArmyBoyandMan

    ArmyBoyandMan Active Member


    Nice one vitellino
     
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  9. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    It covers 6 pages of A4, I'm afraid, too long to post here. If anyone would like a copy, please pm me with your email address and I will send it on to you,

    Vitellino
     
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  10. ArmyBoyandMan

    ArmyBoyandMan Active Member


    Thanks for the copy it was an Interesting read
     
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