Diary of Lieutenant Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché in Rome
Saturday – Nov 17/17.
A good mornings work- the new courier – between Paris & Rome has arrived Oglesby – A gunnery sergent U.S.M.C. Had a long chat with Lackey – who spent leave time at Venice on the edge of the Piave. It is astounding how little initiative the Italians have as regards doing anything with their naval forces at Venice to hamper the enemy— whose left wing rests upon the sea. The Mondavi tunnel was blocked for 8 hrs Wed. night- due to a bribed engine driver who sent an engine against an oncoming train. Dined with the Liuet. Gen. Robilone sister in law says both he & Duke d’Aosta begged Cardorna to let them cut in behind the advancing enemy from both sides instead of retreating – but he refused.