Agenda for the Liberation of Rome conference

Friday, 31 May 2024

0900-0930 Official statements of welcome

  • Introduction by conference chairman Edmund O’Sullivan, Vice Chairman, The Freedom for Italy Second World War network
  • Mayors of Anzio and Nettuno
  • Representatives of regional and national government

0930-1030 Statements from international VIPs

  • Ms Anna Maria Anders, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Rome
  • The Rt Hon Edward Llewellyn, Ambassador of the UK to Rome (invited)
  • Mr Fabrice Maiolino, consul general in Rome, Embassy of France
  • Colonel AMK Mankayi, Defence Attaché of the South African Embassy in Rome, Italy
  • Colonel VS Salaria, Defence Attaché, Embassy of India
  • Representative of the French embassy to Rome
  • Representative of the German embassy to Rome
  • Representative of New Zealand
  • Representative of the US embassy to Rome
  • Joseph Gulino, Director, National Italian American Foundation, Washington DC

1045-1100 Thank You Dear Friends school peace project awards

The event will recognise Arianna Anastasi Valenza of Santa Lucia Filippini di Nettuno; Giorgia Lo Piccolo of Emanuela Loi di Nettuno and Maddalena Baccellini of Centro di Formazione Professionale.

1115-1200 Role of business in memorialisation

Speakers will include representatives of non-defence industries that could provide goods and services including logistics, research and development, information technology, innovative materials, and many others.

1230-1400 Lunch

1400-1600 International perspectives on memorialisation

Sir Nick Young, Chairman on the work of the Monte San Martino Trust

Fr Mícheál Mac Craith OFM on Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty

CWGC country manager Claudia Scimonelli and CWGC marketing executive Giordano Righetti

Pietro Rogacien, Museum of the Polish Cemetery at Monte Cassino

Christian Douale, head of the office in charge of memory policy, Paris

1600-1700 Panel session: the role of Italy’s museums

Panellists will include:

  • Marco Altobello, The Tuskegee Airmen Chapter, Campomarino, Italy
  • Arch MarioRainaldi, Director, Museo Civico Aufidenate, Castel di Sangro 
  • Alberto Baldazzi, director, The Gothic Line Museum, Castel del Rio

1700-1730 The Freedom for Italy history initiative

The Freedom for Italy history initiative will be launched by representatives of the initiative including its chairman and Robert Desourdis, an Italian campaign historian from the US

1730 Day one closes

Saturday, 1 June 2024

0900-1100 The Italian perspective on the battle for Rome

  • Professor Ruggero Ranieri, Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello, Perugia
  • Professor Maria Gabriella Pasqualini on the Allied landings at Anzio and the liberation of Rome
  • Alessandro Campagna, expert on the campaign to liberate Rome and the role of the Italian Army
  • Michele di Lonardo on the battles for Camino, Sammucro, San Pietro Infine and Cassino

1100-1300 International perspectives

  • Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro (USCG, retired) on the role of the US Coast Guard
  • Marco Patricelli on the story of II Polish Corps
  • The French Expeditionary Corps, Major Antoine Egret, the French defence historical service, Paris
  • Professor Federico Ciavattone PhD on 184th Parachute Division ‘NEMBO’, 185th Autonomous Parachute Battalion ‘NEMBO’ and the Arditi of the IX Assault Combat Team in the breakthrough of the Gustav Line

1300-1430 Lunch

1430-1500  The Second World War and the Eternal City

A photographic story of Rome in the Second World War covering the locations of key events in the period including: Piazza Venezia, The Ghetto, Via Rassella and the Ardeatine Caves.

1500-1700 British and Commonwealth perspectives

  • Edmund O’Sullivan on the role of British, Commonwealth and Imperial armed forces in the Italian Campaign
  • Mark Howard on photographing the Italian Campaign
  • Daniel Crampton on the London Irish Rifles at the Garigliano and Anzio
  • Gavin Mortimer on special forces in the Italian Campaign

1700 Closing remarks by The Liberation of Rome conference chairman Edmund O’Sullivan