General Heinrich von Vietinghoff?

Having now compared Vietinghoff’s signature to the Atlas inscription I now have doubts as to whether the Atlas was owned by him, unless the inscription was written by a friend or relative who may have gifted the Atlas to him. So far Vietinghoff’s name is the closest match to any German officer that I can trace that was in the area at the time that this Altas was liberated from the Italian apartment.

Vietinghoff was there; from August 1943 onwards he commanded German Tenth Army, which was responsible for the telling delaying actions through the successive defensive lines built across Italy. Notable in this context were the defences on the Winter Line from November 1943 to May 1944 and the fighting in the autumn of 1944 on the Gothic Line.

Generaloberst Heinrich-Gottfried von Vietinghoff gen. (known as) Scheel

Generaloberst Heinrich-Gottfried von Vietinghoff gen. (known as) Scheel

This signature rules Vietinghoff out as the person who wrote the Atlas inscription

This signature rules Vietinghoff out as the person who wrote the Atlas inscription

Date & signature found inside Atlas

Date & signature found inside Atlas

Albert Kesselring

Kesselring's distinctive signature which appears not to match the handwriting found in the Atlas

Kesselring’s distinctive signature which appears not to match the handwriting found in the Atlas

Walter Reder

SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 16 SS-Sturmbannführer Walter Reder (1915)

SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 16 SS-Sturmbannführer Walter Reder (1915)

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