Cesare Amè in Radiocorriere magazine, 1962.
18 November 1892|
30 June 1983 (aged 90)|
Cesare Amè (18 November 1892 – 30 June 1983) was an Italian general and intelligence officer.
Born in Cumiana, Amè formed at the Modena Military School; appointed second lieutenant in permanent service in 1912, he joined the 92º Regiment of Turin, with whom he tok part to the Italo-Turkish War. Promoted liaison officer, after the World War I he was awarded one silver and two bronze medals.
In 1921, Amè entered the Italian Military Intelligence Service (Servizio Informazioni Militare, SIM), being promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1927 and to colonel in 1937. He was appointed chief of SIM in 1940; during his service he tried to persuade Benito Mussolini to not entering war because of the Italian army's lack of preparation, and had to face Mussolini's reticence to disclose his plans.
On 18 August 1943, after the fall of Mussolini, Amè was removed from office by Pietro Badoglio and was assigned to the command of the Italian ary division in Ljubljana. In 1958 he was appointed divisional general. He was later author of Guerra segreta in Italia ("Secret war in Italy", 1956) and of Il Servizio informazioni militare dalla sua costituzione alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale ("The Military Intelligence Service from its establishment to the end of World War II", released anonymously in 1957).