BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1030
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    Weaving through traffic on the road out of Bologna, our taxi driver kept turning round, looking mystified. My wife's evening-class Italian rose to the occasion. “My father-in-law has been shot,” she explained, “nella la guerra, in the hills near Settefonte. My husband wants to visit the place.” Satisfied, the driver lapsed into silence, perhaps trying to work out from her accent which side my father had been on.

    There was no way of knowing where the incident had occurred. According to the regimental history, the Lovat Scouts had carried out patrols in the Monte Grande sector of the Apennines …

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