The following two books
describe the remarkable story of the Allied soldiers who saved Italy's art during World War II.
Botticelli's "Primavera" c. 1482 - saved!
During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures.
These soldiers saved some of the most important art and architecture from Nazi pillage and the collateral damage of armed conflict.
Thank heavens for these men!
Above: Repaiting a statue at the church of Casa Professa in Palermo, damaged in an Allied bombing raid in 1943.
Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It
by Robert M. Edsel
The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II
by Ilaria Dagnini Brey