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Article about: Not sure if this has been shown before, though in todays Mail. Warriors of the White War emerge from their frozen tomb: Almost 100 years after losing their lives in ferocious First World War

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    Not sure if this has been shown before, though in todays Mail.

    Warriors of the White War emerge from their frozen tomb: Almost 100 years after losing their lives in ferocious First World War battle, melting ice reveals the bodies of the fallen | Mail Online


    The mummified bodies of soldiers who fell in the First World War 100 years ago are still being uncovered as glaciers melt - and experts say there could be many more to come.

    Corpses emerge every time there is a hot summer in Trentino, a rugged part of the Italian Alps where countless men were shot, starved or froze to death in a three-year campaign.

    Whenever the gruesome finds appear, archaeologists must act within hours - because not only do the bodies decompose, they are also looted by opportunistic thieves.

    More than a million soldiers from both sides were killed on the Italian front, which ranged across more than 400 miles with battles lasting almost the entire length of the First World War.

    The long fight, much of it in the mountains where blizzards could send temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees celsius, was between Italian forces and those of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Although the two sides had been allies until the time when war broke out, old emnities quickly showed and in April 1915, Italy changed sides by signing the Treaty of London in secret.

    Russia, France and Britain - all part of the Triple Entente - persuaded Italy to leave the Triple Alliance, which it had until then maintained with Germany and Austro-Hungary.

    The brutal mountain war stretched on until October 1918 and the Battle of Vittoria Veneto, which saw the final defeat of Austro-Hungarian troops and a crucial victory for those on the Western Front.

    Historians have been collecting material from the mountains ever since, with regular finds since the early 1990s.

    Discoveries have included clothes, shoes and a remarkably intact letter from a soldier to his lover.

    On the peak of Punta Linke, historians uncovered an entire cableway station concealed beneath the ice, with soldiers' letters still pinned to the walls.

    But recovering the bodies is not easy because of looters and thieves, claimed Dr Nicolis.

    'We're not able to go on the glaciers and research the bodies ourselves,' he said. 'We have to wait until they are found by people making excavations for work or hiking.

    'Usually people take away everything from the body and only call us or the police afterwards. Often we find bodies with none of the equipment of a soldier around them.

    'People then sell what they've found online - I've seen it happening. It's surreal that you would get people going up the mountain just to find 100-year-old things they could sell on the internet.'

    There were no bodies last year, said Dr Nicolis. Now his team are waiting to see whether any will turn up this summer - but after heavy snow in the last few months, they fear the secrets of the past could remain hidden for many years longer.
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    Interesting news!

    Thank you for posting.

    Hope they will have a proper burial.

    Regards,
    Taka

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    Hi folks! Just read this very interesting article, mentioning a rather forgotten battlefield of WW1, the Italian Alps, and the recent recovery of soldiers from their icy graves. Cannot stop thinking about Hemingway's "a farewell to arms" while reading this article.

    Cheers

    Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers - Telegraph

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    Quote by ErichTopp View Post
    Hi folks! Just read this very interesting article, mentioning a rather forgotten battlefield of WW1, the Italian Alps, and the recent recovery of soldiers from their icy graves. Cannot stop thinking about Hemingway's "a farewell to arms" while reading this article.

    Cheers

    Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers - Telegraph
    I merged this with the existing thread on this subject.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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