"The War of Lions" - A Historical True Story about WWII.

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      Valerie L. Perantoni on

      George, this is awesome!
      The story of your family's experiences during WWII makes understanding the war very easy and it gives the ensuing modern history a clear picture.

      It is a vision which I had never understood before now.

      After having read your book and your screenplay's synopsis, I am able to understand the true impact that Polish troops had made in defeating the Nazi-Fascist Axis and in liberating your homeland, Italy.

      I have truly benefited from your unique plain view of WWII.

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      David McCracken on

      Looking forward to this film. If you need a teen boy my son is an actor. imdb.me/sethmccracken

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      Valerie L. Perantoni on

      The witness of your family story has given me a clear picture, a new understanding of how Poland and it's valiant military forces had been betrayed by their own allies.

      Without it, I could have never envisioned such an outrage ... a disgrace which had caused 50-years of captivity to Poland, broke-up the majority of Polish families and produced incredible suffering.

      Today's world, especially Italy and Poland, will appreciate seeing your story on the silver screen! It is edifying history needed for today's generation.

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      Hi George, Hope you remember me and sorry its been a long time but have a hospital patient quite a few times, I am glad to be a part of this as it is a very important project and support you all the way with it. I am officially onboard now.

      John Guy.

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"THE WAR OF LIONS" project is to produce a feature-film with four sequel episodes for a mini-series edited in 90-minutes and 135-min., 180-min., 225-min., and 270 minutes.
It's a historical novel based on a true story about family, friends, and WWII in Poland and Italy.

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INTRODUCTION

The photographs above show victorious troops of the brave Polish 2nd Corps in Italy soon after the end of WWII.  In 1930s Poland, some of these valiant warriors had been dear friends of my Polish-Italian family, the Perantoni family.

In 1944 they had come to liberate us! ... and the rest of Italy ...
...and to completely defeat Nazi-Fascism!

These photos were taken in 1945 Italy, during happy post-war days prior to their sad discovery that Poland had been betrayed by the world and given back to the enemy!

With great sacrifices, they had triumphed in liberating Italy and had defended Poland by making a huge impact at crushing Nazi-Fascism on Germany's western front.
They had rightly earned their victorious homecoming and repatriation to Poland!

But, with dismal irony, they will soon learn that the world's leaders had betrayed them, leaving neither a homeland nor a home for them to return! Then with greater injury, they will learn that their families in Poland had also been betrayed!

CREDITS FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:

  • Perantoni family collections (Orlando, Florida)
  • The family of Robert Mrowiek (Warsaw, Poland)

Our nine true story protagonists will require
SIX MALE and THREE FEMALE ACTORS

PHOTOGRAPHS, facts, and information about our TRUE PROTAGONISTS and the war's antagonists.  Then, closing the tab will bring you back to this place on Kickstarter.
PHOTOGRAPHS, facts, and information about our TRUE PROTAGONISTS and the war's antagonists. Then, closing the tab will bring you back to this place on Kickstarter.

INTRODUCTION (continued)

In post-war 1945, when the photos were taken, the Perantoni family was in northern Italy anxiously waiting to go back to their home and wine business in LWÓW, Poland.

Their Polish liberators were also anxiously waiting to go back home. Some of them were also from LWÓW.  In the meantime, they celebrated "La Liberazione" together.

NOTE: The Polish city's name "LWÓW" means "LIONS" in English. Its earlier name "LEOPOLIS" meant "CITY OF LIONS." The majority of Polish troops in Italy had been from that region. During the 1930's most of our Polish friends in the photos above had been loyal patrons of our "Winiarnia Italia" wine and pasta tavern in LWÓW - The city of LIONS.
Some of the others in the photos had been to our tavern also.

The photos show our Polish friends enjoying blissful times of R&R after an extremely arduous, but victorious, military campaign in Italy. It was a time for reflecting on all the sacrifices which their grueling military triumphs had cost Poland.

It was a time to cherish that their victory would not have been possible without the fearsome combat actions of their brothers which had been sacrificed in order to achieve Poland's long-awaited reprisal against Germany's evil.

It was a time of recovery mixed with local parades and award ceremonies held in various Italian towns, also occasional celebrations with other PL2Corps units. Those were joyous times which our Polish friends and their entire 2nd Corps hadn't seen since 1939.

The Perantoni family also hadn't seen such cheer since their evacuation
from Lwów at the onset of the Nazi-Soviet invasion.

But a tragic change to the mood was about to happen!

SOMETHING VERY DEVIOUS would soon be realized. WHY?  Because in 1945 Joseph Stalin was settling a quarter century of hatred and vendetta that he had schemed against Poland since his defeat in 1920 by Polish forces at Lwόw.  Although in 1940 he had satisfied some of his lust for Polish blood in the Katyn forest, Stalin had been defeated once again when his former Nazi collaborator of 1939 turned against him in 1941.

So then, having botched to take and hold Poland a second time (in 1941), he concocted a TERRIBLY AWFUL UNDERHANDED SURPRISE which he was implementing in 1945.
It would have severe effects on the lives and families of our valiant Polish heroes who defeated Nazi-Fascism and liberated Italy! It would cause drastic consequences to all Polish Forces scattered over western Europe... and to their families left behind, in Poland!

Still, in 1945 most Polish soldiers perceived the war's end to be the beginning of recovery and new hope. They were unaware, however, of the conniving that Stalin had furtively initiated at the Tehran conference of 1943 and which he concluded with underhanded pretense in 1945 when the 'Big 3' had met at Yalta, earlier in February.

Winston Churchill had been too gullible in dealing with the Bolshevik snake -- while Franklin Roosevelt had become a sick man dying of cancer who had attached the world's hopes to his forthcoming United Nations. For Poland, these shortcomings resulted in the betrayal of their entire nation by handing it back to their original enemy of 1939.

The majority of Poland's armed forces did not know. Most Polish soldiers in the north, west, and south Europe did not know. However, those involved with the Allied Command knew that Stalin's crafty scheme might potentially result in the total loss of sovereignty and independence for the Polish Nation. The sort of sovereignty and independence which is known today as "free world" autonomy.

So then, Poland's worst fears happened! The communist domination of Poland continued another 44 years of oppressive rule under Soviet tyrannical totalitarianism!

Although Polish troops had never trusted the murderous red beast, the 1945 ploy of Joseph Stalin came with astonishing treachery in the eyes of his western allies. Soon the rest of the world would see how astoundingly wrong the outcome of WWII had been for Poland - the nation which they had initially gone in the war to help - Poland, the nation whose fight it rightfully was - and who honorably fought and won.

BUT THE WORLD WOULD FORGET POLAND'S PLIGHT ALL TOO QUICKLY.
The war's spotlight drifted from the Holocaust to Berlin, from Potsdam to the nuclear arms race, and then followed by the Cold War. It was a new kind of war with an Iron Curtain behind which Joseph Stalin kept his international sins well hidden, as he persecuted religion and transformed himself into a god to be worshipped.

Click below for an overview of injustice Stalin's treachery had caused Poland.
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This animated video is a very accurate narration of the Polish nation’s post-war plight and its 50-year captivity to the Soviet Union. Produced by Fish Ladder Co. for Poland's Institute of National Memory.
This animated video is a very accurate narration of the Polish nation’s post-war plight and its 50-year captivity to the Soviet Union. Produced by Fish Ladder Co. for Poland's Institute of National Memory.

INTRODUCTION (continued)

Our story is centered on an Italian family of wine exporters having dual residences:
In former eastern Poland and in northern Italy's Valpolicella wine region.
It is the family of Carlo and Victor Perantoni... My family.

The interaction of protagonists provides a transparent new view of WWII.
It's the insight needed to obtain an explanation of Poland's central role in the war
and an answer to this question: Why did the world go to war for Poland in 1939?
... ONLY TO GIVE HER BACK TO THE ENEMY IN 1945?

NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT. The descriptions presented herein are the intellectual property of its two authors: George Perantoni and Valerie Perantoni (except where another credit is designated). Likewise, all contents publicized by them in Kickstarter and its related campaigns - also their 2018 revision of "The War of Lions" - are exclusive copyright of George Perantoni and Valerie Perantoni.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY about World War II in Lwów (former eastern Poland) and Volargne di Dolcé in northern Italy's Adige river valley. The Perantoni family's accounts written in our screenplay originated directly from the story’s protagonists themselves who survived the war and recounted their chronicles in their son’s book “Arrivederci Leopolis” written by George Perantoni and Sam Ivey (Amazon 2011).

Our screenplay's extraordinary historical storyline treats seven thought-provoking controversial subjects.

(In true chronology and order of the script)

1) MUSSOLINI IN POLAND
2) WAR ON THE SONS OF ITALY
3) MASSACRED BY COMRADES
4) THE IMPACT OF MONTE CASSINO
5) THE DESTRUCTION OF VOLARGNE
6) THE WORLD'S LEADERS BETRAY POLAND
7) JOSEPH STALIN STEALS THE WAR'S TROPHY

Each of the seven subjects is historically remarkable and presented in the context of several other sensational events. The seven controversial subjects are NOT seven separate narratives, but they're interconnected within the main script of an Italian family and their Polish friends from 1930s Lwów, and who reappear as their liberators in 1945 Italy.

The seven controversial subjects which will bring attention
to our feature-film are described here below:

"Winiarnia Italia" wine & pasta tavern was also the regional office of Italy's Honorary Vice Consul - Ulica Sykstuska #29, Lwow (Leopoli) - Poland.
"Winiarnia Italia" wine & pasta tavern was also the regional office of Italy's Honorary Vice Consul - Ulica Sykstuska #29, Lwow (Leopoli) - Poland.

1) MUSSOLINI IN POLAND.

Our story begins ten years prior to World War II, in 1929 when Benito Mussolini held a luncheon in the main hall of Carlo Perantoni’s “Winiarnia Italia” and gave a speech to a group of European admirers and followers of Fascism. Prior to WWII the "Winiarnia Italia" served as Fascist Italy's Consulate regional office for southeastern Poland.
Carlo Perantoni was the Honorary Vice Consul.

There exists some controversy because there are no available records of Mussolini having been in Poland. Thus, a few die-hard skeptics will pounce on the event with criticism,
as the name of Mussolini continues to stir emotions.
They have an opinion... but we have a photograph.

IT'S AN UNDISPUTABLE PHOTOGRAPH WHICH PROVES THAT HE WAS THERE. IT SHOWS MUSSOLINI WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF 14 MEN, PLUS CARLO AND VICTOR PERANTONI.

The Duce, Mussolini, is seated in center 3rd from left, next to Carlo Perantoni who is seated 3rd from right (bald with mustache). The photograph had been taken in the inner courtyard of our "Winiarnia Italia” (ulica Sykstuska 29, Lwów, former eastern Poland).

CLICK FOR LARGE VIEW - The photo’s background-wall still exists today, unmistakably marking the exact location in Lwów - Poland.   (Courtesy of the Perantoni family collections.)
CLICK FOR LARGE VIEW - The photo’s background-wall still exists today, unmistakably marking the exact location in Lwów - Poland. (Courtesy of the Perantoni family collections.)

Victor Perantoni took the photo at the request of his father, Carlo Perantoni.
Victor set the flag and the chairs. He arranged the group and set the camera on its tripod. Then, he stood up on a wine-crate next to Italy's Fascist flag, centered behind,
over the group. His Zeiss-Iconta foldout camera snapped the photo by auto-shutter.
(Victor's mother and aunt are looking out the window).

Some have speculated that the man in a light plaid suit (standing in center) might've been younger Adolf Hitler. But, neither Carlo nor Victor had ever confirmed it. It's likely that they would not have recognized him, being that in 1929 Hitler was a 40-year-old politician known mostly in Germany. Due to the war, the photograph remained stored in Italy with the family's other collectibles and remained packed away after the war while our family started new lives on three continents. It was finally unpacked in 1981 when Victor retired to Florida.

Arranging the group-photo, Victor had directed the man in the light plaid suit to stand in the middle in order to suit his taste for symmetry. This photo had been taken in honor of Italy's Duce, Benito Mussolini, not the speculative Hitler. Note that all 16 individuals are wearing Italy's Fascist Party badges on the left lapels of their coats. The badges had been given to them by Mussolini earlier during the luncheon.

Victor's Zeiss-Iconta camera will be one of the Kickstarter rewards (he kept it in excellent shape).
Victor's Zeiss-Iconta camera will be one of the Kickstarter rewards (he kept it in excellent shape).

Mussolini's 1929 Fascist luncheon and his speech in our "Winiarnia Italia" provides one of the opening scenes in "The War of Lions" (some will say that it could not have happened in Poland ... But it did!). This opening scene ties in with the main plot of our film, depicting civilian life during the Nazi-Fascist association of Mussolini with Hitler.

The film will also depict accounts of forgotten history, such as Fascism having begun as a "Youth Movement" in the 1920s. Also, Mussolini's repeated rejections of Adolf Hitler's friendship for more than ten years prior to accepting his rapport ... And why, for many years, did Mussolini refer to Adolf Hitler as "a silly little monkey"?
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CLICK to continue reading about Mussolini in Poland and circumstances of the controversy.
CLICK to continue reading about Mussolini in Poland and circumstances of the controversy.

2) WAR ON THE SONS OF ITALY

In 1940, as a result of Mussolini's infamous Pact of Steel with Hitler, Italy's young men had been sent to war attached to German units. Many had been assigned as tactical flanks supporting the Wehrmacht in combat missions, even to Russia and elsewhere.

Then, in 1943 Italy declared war on her own soldiers! Unbelievable! But Why?  Soon after the Allied landings, Italy surrendered and had been coerced to declare war on the Axis, including Italian troops attached to German forces. Italy declared war on her own sons!

Our film will draw attention to this tragic blunder caused by the association of Mussolini with Hitler. We'll bring it back to light from when it had been shunned due to Italy's post-war shame. The event should be recalled, not just for its historical value, but especially as a
21st-century alert to guard ourselves against similar leadership by madmen.

CLICK to continue reading about THE SONS OF ITALY and about how Mussolini's association with Hitler brought shame to Italy. Then, closing the tab will bring you back here.
CLICK to continue reading about THE SONS OF ITALY and about how Mussolini's association with Hitler brought shame to Italy. Then, closing the tab will bring you back here.

3) MASSACRED BY COMRADES

After Italy’s surrender in 1943 large numbers of Italian troops became abandoned, confused, and under-nourished. Their rear support, kitchen provisions, and quartermaster ceased to exist. They were left with no human necessities and they suffered from severe hunger.

Italy had switched to the side of the Allies, and as a result, the German forces to which they had been attached had become ruthlessly unfriendly.

Consequently, German combat units in various locations of Europe had been responsible for the massacres of their Italian attachments. Entire Italian military units had been rounded up by German forces, disarmed, and then massacred by machine-gun fire!

The Italian division which had been stationed in Lwόw, Poland, had become so desperately in need of food that they resorted to trading arms and ammunition with Polish partisans for food!  After the division had departed from their post and began marching homeward,
their German attachment pursued and killed all of them.

Due to these sensitive appalling events, and wanton scarcities of Fascist records,
 modern Italian history had been understated and minimized.  Still, many Italian families have remained assertive on the culpability and truth about the losses of their loved ones.

By 1946 the cover-ups of Italy's new republic filled Italian streets with indignity and distrust. Uncovering this story in a feature film with talented actors will provide today’s generations a useful (but currently scarce) perspective about nationalism and about
what really happens when nations go to war against each other.

CLICK to continue reading how Mussolini's Nazi-Fascist association with Hitler had caused the MASSACRES of entire Italian military units. (Closing the tab will bring you back here)
CLICK to continue reading how Mussolini's Nazi-Fascist association with Hitler had caused the MASSACRES of entire Italian military units. (Closing the tab will bring you back here)

4) THE IMPACT of MONTE CASSINO

In early 1944, several Allied units from various international lands battled for three and half months but failed to overtake the German stronghold in Monte Cassino's Abbey.

At last, the task had been assigned to the brave Polish 2nd Corps. Despite massive impediments of concrete rubble from earlier shelling, they launched a fierce uphill attack which, in places, had intensified into fearless hand-to-hand combat.

Notwithstanding the ostensible impossibilities, in May 1944 the valiant Polish 2nd Corps achieved a noteworthy and heroic victory on Monte Cassino.  The Wehrmacht took notice and began a retrograde to new lines of defense in central and northern Italy.
It gradually became a full German retreat.

On Monte Cassino, the intrepid soldiers of Poland's 2nd Corps had finally gotten their long-awaited day of reprisal on Nazi Germany. It was the main event which they had patiently anticipated for two years and had dreamed of since 1939. It was their expected encounter with the enemy who had initiated their nation’s demise.

It was Germany's day of defeat when its criminal military forsook their sacred oath to their Führer and disowned his promises of a 1000-year Reich. Instead, on Monte Cassino, they had learned to dread Poland's retaliation.

It was the day when all units of the Wehrmacht's villains in Italy had embarked on a northward retreat, fueled by their newly acquired common fear of defeat.
Germany's identity had been smudged by Poland!

Over the next eleven months, General Władysław Anders and his victorious Polish 2nd Corps, together with their sacrificed heroes, will deliver Poland's retribution on Germany.
 
It would be a legal and just reprisal from any point of view, even the Wehrmacht's!
German troops would come to realize that they are the bad guys!

IT WAS POLAND'S WAR - And for its grand finale, Poland fights the Third Reich and undeniably WINS EVERY BATTLE ... thus revealing the audacious tenacity and fearless determination of honorable Polish soldiers!

The PL2Corps had made a uniquely special contribution in the war against Hitler's Germany. It was their unique battlefield impact which couldn't be made by any other Allied nation.
It was the invisible PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT they had on the enemy.

It had been a powerful force which was at least equally parallel to their audacious action on the battlefield. But, in addition, they were POLISH, and they had come to avenge the murders, destruction, and misery that every German soldier had been guilty of.

Germans shared the guilt of their Führer's illegal war. Some had taken part in criminal acts, while others were guilty of indirect participation. But, most of all, the sacred oaths which they had made to their Führer and to his criminal organization had filled them with blame and shame, thus, making them offenders by direct association.

The Führer had instilled in his armed forces a consciousness of being a critical component of a war machine. Moreover, as Hitler had proclaimed that his person, himself, represented the German nation, so each soldier had been infused to consider himself as a representative member of the Führer's body. Such spiritualistic Nazi principles had backfired in 1943 when German soldiers had to face the alarming reality of their eastern front. Then, in 1944, they also had to face the triumphant PL2Corps on their western front.

The arrival of Poland's 2nd Corps on the western battlefield had caused a devastating psychological effect on German troops. It meant that Germany had become sandwiched between avengers of blood from the two lands of their greatest crimes.

Gradually then, the implanted Nazi spirit in Germany's military, and also in many German civilians, had become like an evil possession from which they had no escape.

Suddenly, in 1944, the presence of Poland's heroic 2nd Corps ground troops on the western battlefield had effectively lowered the morale of German soldiers. It took the 'fight' out of fighting men and made them weak! It was contagious, making their fighting units jointly weak also. It began to cause invisible, but effective, psychological attrition.

In 1939, Germany had been guilty of outrageous immoral warfare in Poland, so that in 1944, from among all other Allied nations arriving on the western battlefield, only General Anders' noble Polish troops had been able to cause widespread psychological attrition in Germany's guilty hearts ... attrition before combat!

In contrast, THE ENVIABLE HIGH MORALE of General Anders' Polish troops and accounts of their PASSIONATE FIGHTING strengthened each other and also their flanking units.
 Wehrmacht troops, instead, shared their worries and weakened each other, thus promoting the fear which was distressing Germany's fighting men.
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CLICK to continue reading about the FEARSOME IMPACT ON WWII HISTORY made by the Polish 2nd Corps in the Battle of Monte Cassino ... and the effect it had on the Third Reich's troops.
CLICK to continue reading about the FEARSOME IMPACT ON WWII HISTORY made by the Polish 2nd Corps in the Battle of Monte Cassino ... and the effect it had on the Third Reich's troops.

5) THE DESTRUCTION of VOLARGNE.
Sudden and utter obliteration of our town,
...nine months before the atomic bomb.

BACKGROUND. The infamous “Pact of Steel” had authorized German military units to occupy strategic positions on Italian soil and Mussolini’s propaganda had promoted the German presence as a warm friendship between the two nations.

STAMP CAPTION: "Two Nations - One War"
STAMP CAPTION: "Two Nations - One War"

The majority of Italians, however, had misgivings about the situation. Their mistrust had been rudely confirmed in September 1943 directly after the Allied landings at Salerno.
German troops everywhere in Italy had abruptly ceased to conduct themselves
honorably and with respect toward Italian citizens.

From the impact of Poland’s victory on Monte Cassino, the retreating Wehrmacht units had reorganized into lines of defense on a northward retrograde. Their directive had been to consolidate in Hitler’s puppet theater named “Repubblica Sociale Italiana” (R.S.I) where the Führer held the strings on his chief marionette, the Duce.

The Wehrmacht’s new military posture and the twisted attitude of their troops had exhibited far more than a normal switch from garrison to tactical. Instead, the behavior of German soldiers had changed from being Italy’s dutiful guests to an oppressive occupation force, much like Germany had done in other lands that they had forcibly occupied.

German soldiers had become unfriendly, arrogant, and boldly lawless towards Italians. Looting Italian shops and businesses had become their new practice, declaring to the shop owners that it was necessary to prevent goods from sustaining the advancing enemy. However, the principal items they regularly looted were cigarettes, wine, and liquor.

Years earlier, Mussolini had promised the Italian people that the presence of German troops would defend Italy. After the Allied landings, however, the Wehrmacht’s strategic positions had not been for the defense of Italy, but ultimately for the protection of Germany.

Hitler had never given the order to defend Italy’s mainland “to the last bullet” as he did for Stalingrad and elsewhere. Instead, Hitler’s primary concern had been to block the Allied advance from gaining access to Alpine mountain passes leading to Germany.

It became clear to Italians the true underlying reason that Hitler had Mussolini rescued from imprisonment and restored to power as Duce of the northern RSI. In this way, Mussolini had been reduced to the role of 'alpine gate-guard' for Germany's safety buffer.

Essentially, Hitler's Alpine defense strategy of defending northern Italy's R.S.I. would've provided Germany's safety buffer, but the inefficient defense of Wehrmacht commanders thrown into disarray by the Polish advance had doomed it to fail.

So, in late 1944 the Wehrmacht began to consolidate their retrograde at the 'Alpine line' - thus, gradually causing a traffic bottleneck at the railhead by our town of Volargne.

LA CHIUSA DI CERAINO (about 1 mile north of Volargne).  Depicted as the entrance to the 'Adige River Valley' which leads northward to the Brenner Pass, flanked by 'road & rail' of the Brenner Way.
LA CHIUSA DI CERAINO (about 1 mile north of Volargne). Depicted as the entrance to the 'Adige River Valley' which leads northward to the Brenner Pass, flanked by 'road & rail' of the Brenner Way.

 In late summer of 1944, Hitler's Nazi-Fascist R.S.I. had issued special orders allocating zones of responsibility to each Wehrmacht unit arriving from the south. The orders had been to construct defensive positions emplaced with military obstacles strategically located to prevent the Allied advance from approaching the Alpine mountain passes.

A stipulation had required that priority is given to block access to the Brenner Pass Road in the vicinity of VOLARGNE di DOLCÉ, the native town of the Perantoni family.

Germany's new strategic defense plans in northern Italy had been drawn-up by
Hitler’s military engineers, the Nazi Todt Organization headed by Albert Speer.
It demanded that the huge construction and emplacement work be provided by
the assigned Wehrmacht units utilizing slave labor from local populations.

RUNNING SCARED: After being defeated by the brave PL2Corps on Monte Cassino, the Wehrmacht retreated causing a disorganized and unruly bottleneck outside our town, Volargne di Dolcé.
RUNNING SCARED: After being defeated by the brave PL2Corps on Monte Cassino, the Wehrmacht retreated causing a disorganized and unruly bottleneck outside our town, Volargne di Dolcé.

THE SECRET PLAN. Northern Italy's R.S.I. (aka, "La Repubblica di Saló") had entrusted the Nazi Todt Engineers with the overall supervision and management needed to achieve Hitler's order to block the Alpine mountain passes. But, the Todt Engineers had not been truthful with Italy's Fascist authorities. They had kept a secret card up their sleeve.

Hitler's Nazi Todt Organization had a top-secret plan for imploding the limestone foothills of "LA CHIUSA" located about one mile north of Volargne. The implosion would cause two foothills to block the river's run, and the valley would flood creating a large alpine lake.

The planned implosion would've completely flooded the Brenner Way's Railroad and its tunnels and rendered the Brenner Road impassable.  Without warning, the river-side communities would’ve also been flooded!

LA CHIUSA DI CERAINO is located about one mile north of our town, Volargne di Dolcé.
LA CHIUSA DI CERAINO is located about one mile north of our town, Volargne di Dolcé.

The words “LA CHIUSA” mean “RIVER CLOSING” denoting the location where the Adige River takes a spectacular detour around two adjacent rock foothills and then carves its way in between. Its location belongs to the community of CERAINO. Therefore the “river closing” is officially named: “LA CHIUSA DI CERAINO.”

In October 1944, the Nazi Todt Engineers had secretly requisitioned a train of 15 railcars loaded with TNT. Its secret purpose would be to execute the implosion inside LA CHIUSA’s railroad tunnel after Germany’s anticipated abandonment of Mussolini’s Nazi-Fascist R.S.I.

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CLICK HERE to continue reading about the sudden and utter destruction of Volargne - First of its kind - Nine months before the atomic bomb! - (then close tab to return)

 6) THE BETRAYAL OF POLAND - A single political compromise by two overwhelmed and inconsiderate world leaders endorses Poland's historic 50-year captivity under Bolshevik tyranny.

In act 3 the Perantoni family is reconnected with their Lwów friends, André Frodel and Franki Mrowicki, who had fought from Monte Cassino to Bologna with the PL2Corps, Italy's valiant Polish liberators who had come from Russian prisons under the leadership of Polish General Władysław Anders.  

Lwów's 'Padre' Michele Kolbuch also reappears in act 3 more than once, as he drives André and Franki to Mantova in his sporty white 1938 convertible Lancia Astura Cabriolet, skirted rear wheels, rakishly inclined grill, and bearing Vatican license plates (!)

CLICK FOR LARGE VIEW - Victor Perantoni gets married ... and Wehrmacht soldiers get drunk!
CLICK FOR LARGE VIEW - Victor Perantoni gets married ... and Wehrmacht soldiers get drunk!

NOTE: The narrations in act 3 are correlated to the fall of Fascism, the end of WWII, the unsung impact that Polish forces had made in defeating Nazi-Fascism, and their gradual heartbreaking sad realization of having been betrayed.

In the summer of 1945, the Perantoni family gave an "end-of-war" victory celebration at their Mantua bottling-shop, the "Red Bridge Cafe" tavern, followed by a family dinner with friends and relatives. The guests of honor were André and Franki and Padre Michele.

All that day and night the friends shared their wartime adventures and experiences. They narrated and contemplated and in the end, they all agreed that the 2nd Corps' sacrifices had given Poland its long-awaited reprisal on Nazi Germany's evil - "right here in Italy" they said!

After dinner, Victor, Carlo, and the rest of the Perantoni clan shared with André, Franki, and Padre about Italy's events and consequences under Germany's oppression and the arrogance of its soldiers which began the day Italy had surrendered to the Allies.

The conversation drifted to the inebriated days and drunken nights of Wehrmacht troops, especially all that the Germans had said in their drunken stupors. Much of it reflected their FEAR of Polish boots on the ground ... Their FEAR of Poland's reprisal.

Some of the family retired to bed, while others talked all night narrating each other's wartime experiences, sharing views and details observed from both sides of enemy lines.

NOTE: The script gradually leads to the infamous betrayal of Poland, depicting its effects on André Frodel, Franki Mrowicki, and all Polish forces left scattered in western Europe.

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7) JOSEPH STALIN STEALS THE WAR'S TROPHY

On the topic of WWII, most film audiences in western nations, especially Anglo-American audiences, are aware of the Normandy invasion, the Liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge, and other major events of the Western Allies. Citizens of the Eastern Bloc are mostly aware of Hitler's assault on Russia, the Battle of Stalingrad, and Stalin's successful counter-offensives that forced Germany out of Russia.

BUT, WWII in Italy is sorely lacking representation from the film industry. Why? Was it just a dull war on a charming peninsula? Not at all. Instead, Italy's war history features naval landings under enemy fire - and - heroic amphibious assaults - followed by an intrepid invasion of the mainland with plenty victorious battle actions and noteworthy defeats
of the antagonists. Plenty of intrigue and suspense for movies!

Nonetheless, why has the film industry largely ignored WWII in Italy? Could the reason be the varied assortment of film opportunities elsewhere in the former European Theater of War? Or perhaps, it's because prior to 1943 Italy had been part of the enemy Axis?
Those cannot be the reasons.

Filmmakers have NOT snubbed WWII in Italy. Actually, Hollywood and Cinecitta' have never snubbed Italy and Italians at all. But the topic of "WWII in Italy" has been influenced by a powerful sinister force many years ago, and its effect is still with us!

Continue reading about Joseph Stalin's manipulations.
Continue reading about Joseph Stalin's manipulations.

Risks and challenges

CONFIDENT AND READY: In 2011 the Perantoni family began preparing the presentations of historical accounts narrated in our family novel "Arrivederci Leopolis" (a true story).

In 2014 we began producing its screenplay titled "Filatelista Fascista" and "The Lion's War." In 2015 our finished screenplay was titled "The War of Lions" and it received three winning awards soon afterward: Monte Carlo, Monaco (2015), and Milano, Italy (2016).

The encouraging comments given to us on social media and by our family relatives, local friends, and neighbors have justified the time and efforts that we have given to this project. So, I am confident and quite prepared to take this project all the way to the silver screen.

KICKSTARTER BACKER REWARDS: We are currently listing several items mentioned in our family novel and in its winning screenplay, as well as other items that had belonged to the protagonists and that are directly related to the book and its screenplay.

All Kickstarter Backer Rewards offered for support in this project are my legal possessions and are fully controlled by me, George Perantoni, the project creator.

Neither I nor any members of my family nor anyone else associated with this creation have any incomplete Kickstarter projects that are pending completion, as this is our first and only crowdfunding project.

This has been an age-old important project for my family. Their encouragement over the years has given me sufficient drive and preparation for overcoming any challenges that this project might meet.

This project's costly production will be overseen by me with the guidance of our legal counsel. From the beginning, our primary concern has been to overcome any challenges and to avoid all risks.

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    A = “ARRIVEDERCI LEOPOLIS” - Digital PDF

    A digital PDF copy of our family novel “Arrivederci Leopolis” (260 pages with 44 images) written by George Perantoni and Sam Ivey. Photographs by Victor Perantoni. Published by Amazon, 2011.

    WWII scatters Polish and Italian stamp-collectors who reunite across enemy lines driven by their passions and friendship.

    Based on a true story. The Second World War comes to a boil, forcing an Italian family and their friends in Eastern Poland to flee, and henceforth rely on wit and luck to survive.

    Arrivederci Leopolis” is our family novel from which our project’s screenplay had been adapted. Its narration originated directly from the story’s protagonists themselves who survived the war and recounted their chronicles in this book.

    It is a story of peaceful Italian and Polish friends caught in a world that had become dominated by a violent war which began in Poland and quickly spread throughout Europe. The Perantoni family returns to north Italy and then reunites with their Polish friends as they serve in the liberation of Italy by the brave Polish 2nd Corps, ‘il valoroso Corpo Polacco.’

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    DIGITAL BOOKLET of a unique artistic 8-page historical display of the liberation of Italy during WWII, narrated by protagonists of “The War of Lions” and presented in ‘Real Time” commemorative stamps (not like modern stamps which usually commemorate the past).

    This booklet is a true vintage narrative of “Italian Postal History” which had been dedicated to recording the critical actions and events of the war as they occurred. For example, when the Allies bombed churches and monuments, then the Fascist Post Office of north Italy’s Nazi R.S.I. would make a commemorative stamp titled “Destroyed by Enemy Violence”!

    The booklet puts on view 51 mint stamps collected by the two main protagonists, Victor Perantoni and his very dear Polish stamp-collector friend, Andre’ Frodel, a passionate philatelist who as a soldier of the Polish 2nd Corps, ventured into Nazi-occupied north Italy to trade with Victor these “Real Time” stamps of 1944-45.

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    Original copyright in 2011 by George Perantoni was written with Sam Ivey. This abridged revision had been condensed in 2016 by George Perantoni and it includes additional scenes which had been added to the screenplay the previous year.

    This abridged revision was achieved by removing large sections from “Arrivederci Leopolis” which dealt with historical anecdotes about the First World War and related viewpoints which the authors had added into the storyline. Also, the original presentation formatted as a ‘family narration’ had been circumvented in order to concentrate directly on the scenes in “The War of Lions” screenplay. In this way, the original version’s 260-page volume had been condensed to 145 pages which, like the screenplay, recount the actual events of the Perantoni family and their Polish friends during WWII.

    SETTING: The Second World War comes to a boil, forcing an Italian family and their friends in Eastern Poland to flee, and henceforth rely on wit and luck to survive. BASED ON A TRUE STORY, taken from narrations of our family novel’s protagonists who survived the war and recounted their chronicles in this book. The war scatters Polish and Italian stamp-collectors who reunite across enemy lines driven by their passions and friendship.

    It’s a story of peaceful Italian and Polish friends caught in a world that had become dominated by a violent war which began in Poland and quickly spread throughout Europe. The Perantoni family returns to north Italy and then reunites with their Polish friends as they serve in the liberation of Italy by the brave Polish 2nd Corps, ‘il valoroso Corpo Polacco.’

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    DIGITAL BOOKLET of a unique artistic 8-page historical display of the liberation of Italy during WWII, narrated by protagonists of “The War of Lions” and presented in ‘Real Time” commemorative stamps (not like modern stamps which usually commemorate the past).

    This booklet is a true vintage narrative of “Italian Postal History” which had been dedicated to recording the critical actions and events of the war as they occurred. For example, when the Allies bombed churches and monuments, then the Fascist Post Office of north Italy’s Nazi R.S.I. would make a commemorative stamp titled “Destroyed by Enemy Violence”!

    The booklet puts on view 51 mint stamps collected by the two main protagonists, Victor Perantoni and his very dear Polish stamp-collector friend, Andre’ Frodel, a passionate philatelist who as a soldier of the Polish 2nd Corps, ventured into Nazi-occupied north Italy to trade with Victor these “Real Time” stamps of 1944-45.

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    Accordingly, “THE WAR OF LIONS” graphic novel serves as a ‘scene by scene’ cinematography aid for the director and crew. Similarly, each frame contains realistic portrayals of our screenplay’s true characters rendered in talented pencil drawings with early 20th century European settings represented in colorful artistic illustrations.

    BACKGROUND: The Second World War comes to a boil, forcing an Italian family and their friends in Eastern Poland to flee, and henceforth rely on wit and luck to survive. BASED ON A TRUE STORY, taken from narrations of our family novel’s protagonists who survived the war and recounted their chronicles in this book. The war scatters Polish and Italian stamp-collectors who reunite across enemy lines driven by their passions and friendship.

    It’s a story of peaceful Italian and Polish friends caught in a world that had become dominated by a violent war which began in Poland and quickly spread throughout Europe. The Perantoni family returns to north Italy and then reunites with their Polish friends as they serve in the liberation of Italy by the brave Polish 2nd Corps, ‘il valoroso Corpo Polacco.’

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