(1882 - 1955) Italian army officer, commander in chief of the General staff, and led military expeditions in Africa before and during World War II. Graziani indiscriminately killed over 30,000 Ethiopians, including monks, and at war's end remained loyal to Mussolini. Important pair of two manuscript documents in his hand, prepared by him for use in his 1945 trial in Italy for cooperating with the Nazis: 1.) A.Ms., 4pp. 4to., the text of his telegram to German Field Marshal Wilhelm Kietel, military content mentioning troop strengths and Hitler, and; 2.) A.Ms. 11pp. 4to., his memoir on the battle strategies of the Armata Ligure in which Graziani insists that the "defensive" orientation of his army was in order to counter potential attacks by the Free French, British and American invaders. Sold with four period photos of the general. Very good.

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