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Climbing Italian Alpini, 1915Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Climbing Italian Alpini, 1915

Description: Italian Alpini mountain troops work their way up steep snow-covered slopes in the Alps in 1915 to take up defenses in the highest mountains and glaciers of the Alpine Range during World War I. The Alpini forces consisted of sixty-two battalions divided into 233 companies of between 100 and 150 men each. They fought in these separate units, but sometimes on a regimental level. Like their Austrian counterparts, these Italian mountain troops survived inside huge underground bases, drilled and blown into the mountainsides. Thousands of these troops died in avalanches and their bodies are still being found to this day by recreational skiers. The battles waged at these mountaintops was termed “The War of Snow and Ice.” More than 12,000 Alpini troops (out of 40,000) died during the 1915-1916 Alpine campaigns, most of which consisted of opposing forces digging tunnels beneath the highest positions occupied by the enemy and setting off explosions that blew away those top-perched defenses as well as destroyed parts of the mountaintops.

Category: World War I

Keywords: WWI, World War I, First World War, Great War, Italian army, Italian soldiers, Alpini, mountain troops, Alps, mountains, snow, ice, mountain ranges

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1800 x 2597 (4.67 MPixels) (1.44)

Print Size: 15.2 x 22.0 cm; 6.0 x 8.7 inches

File Size: 13.40 MB (14,050,014 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048491

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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