Double Indemnity (BFI Film Classics) by Richard Schickel

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The 5th, 6th and 7th Companies, with the flag, made up the front line. Behind them was Bixio’s battalion, consisting of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Companies. ’ (Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection) Suddenly, and without orders, some of the garibaldini rushed down the hillside at their enemy and threw the Neapolitan skirmishers back across the valley to the foot of the Piante di Romano. Although encouraged by the covering fire of the Genoese Carabiniers, they lacked artillery support as their antiquated guns under Vincenzo Orsini had been forced behind a barricade on the Vita road by a squadron of Neapolitan Horse Chasseurs.

He wears a red coat under his monk’s habit, and ‘top boots’ or Stulpenstiefel. com Above: At the foot of the round tower of the castle at Milazzo, the Anglo-Sicilian Battalion exchanges fire with Neapolitan troops from behind a barricade across the street. Although both officers and enlisted men of this unit wore a jacket and trousers of unbleached white cloth, or grezzo, the lithographer has inaccurately chosen to colour their uniforms red. (Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection) This third consecutive victory for Garibaldi was costly, as he had sustained about 800 killed and wounded, which was over four times that of the Neapolitan Army.

Gathering about 2,000 men, he attempted once again to cross to the mainland via Messina, only to have his passage barred by the King’s orders. Turning south, he set sail from Catania, declaring that he would enter Rome as a victor or die beneath its walls. He landed at Melito on 14 August 1863 and marched at once into the Aspromonte, the mountains overlooking the Strait of Messina. Determined to prevent Garibaldi from reaching Rome, General Cialdini dispatched a division of regulars under Colonel Pallavicino, and the two forces met on 28 August.

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