|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Alessandro•Pirzio Biroli|
|Used name||Alessandro•Pirzio Biroli|
|Born||23 July 1877 in Bologna, Bologna (ITA)|
|Died||20 May 1962 in Roma, Roma (ITA)|
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli was an Italian Army General and fencer. At the 1908 London Olympics he won a silver medal in the team sabre behind Hungary. After World War I he became the commanding officer for the Bersaglieri Regiment and between 1921-27 headed a military mission to Ecuador. He was also commander of the Monte Nero Division and led the Italian 5th Trieste Corps. From 1936-37 he was Chief of Staff in the Eritrean Corps in the Second Italo-Abyssinian war.
With Fascist sympathies, Pirzio Biroli was made General of the Italian 9th Army in 1941 and was Governor of Montenegro from 1941-43, holding complete civil and military powers. Pirzio Biroli was personally responsible for numerous executions and the mass terror of Montenegro’s population. Despite being considered a war criminal by the United Nations, he was never tried and spent his last years in Roma where he died in 1962 at 84-years-old.
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1908 Summer Olympics||Fencing||ITA||Alessandro Pirzio Biroli|
|Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic)||=5 p8 r1/4|
|Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic)||=4 p7 r2/4|
|Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic)||Italy||2||Silver|
Year of birth also seen as 1887.