Forthcoming Diary Dates

2nd - 5th May 2014 inclusive
Annual Reunion, Chichester

For further details please contact the National Chairman
19th May 2014
70th anniversary commemoration event, Cassino

For further details click here
28th June 2014
RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Service, Plymouth Hoe

Commencing 9.30am
10th July 2014
ISA National Memorial Service, Canterbury 1pm

For further details please contact East Kent Chairman, Frank Horn Tel: 01843 226157
16th - 20th July 2014 inclusive
War and Peace Revival, Folkestone

For further details please contact National Chairman
6th November 2014
Field of Remembrance Service, Westminster Abbey London

For further details please contact National Chairman
9th November 2014
Remembrance Sunday, Cenotaph Parade and Service, Whitehall, London.

For further details please contact National Chairman

WELCOME TO THE Italy Star Association 1943-1945 WEBSITE

Whether you are a veteran of the Italian Campaign in the Second World War, a related family member, ally, supporter, or not, please accept a warm and timely welcome of thanks for visiting us. We greet you at a most significant time, it being the year following the 70th anniversary of the landings in Europe, and the commemoration of continuing battles of the Campaign, including: Monte Cassino; Anzio; Ancona; Gemmano; Coriano Ridge; Forli; and Florence in 1944.

Florence CWGC Cemetery

The Association was founded in 1987 by the late brothers, Eric and Maurice Cheadle, veterans of the North African and Italian campaigns. Amongst its constitutional goals are to give a true history of the Italian Campaign and, perhaps most importantly, to keep alive that special bond of comradeship which existed during the Campaign.

Within the pages of our site, you will find more detailed information, such as reports on events, photographs, personal histories and reminiscences from members and families, about the Association, the Italian Campaign itself and its impact on history. On reading, we hope you will sense encouragement, discovery, truthful representation as well as deep satisfaction in what is written.

In thanking you for taking the time to view our site, there are several ways to leave you with meaningful thoughts about what the Association stands for and what drives us on; its epitaph and own special prayer are both moving and soul-searchingly apt, but perhaps some of the most poignant and powerful words come from the gently self-mocking parody, the "D-Day Dodgers" song (to the tune of "Lili Marlene"): look around the mountains in the mud and rain; see the scattered crosses, some which bear no name; the heartbreak and sorrow are all gone, the boys beneath them slumber on; they are the D-day dodgers, who'll stay in Italy. We shall never forget them.