10th April 1942, Russian front.
Urbano Rattazzi and Gianni Agnelli.
Gianni and Urbano became friends in the course of the World War II. Once back in Italy, Gianni introduced Urbano to his family, and the latter would eventually marry Gianni’s younger sister, Susanna.
Gianni knew how to keep up the spirits of his fellow-soldiers in the course of the terrible Russian campaign: whenever the opportunity arose, Gianni would hire a izba, where he could enjoy long, naked sauna baths with all his friends.
Gianni Agnelli remained very close to many of his WWII fellow-soldiers throughout his life. Every year he hosted a veterans’ dinner at his Villar Perosa residence.