(Image Credit: Italian War History Museum)

'Dying for Trento': new exhibition remembers the Italian Front

Posted on centenarynews.com on 24 March 2015
Share |

The Italian War History Museum in Roverto, northern Italy, has opened a new exhibition exploring the lengthy First World War campaign in the Alps.

‘Dying for Trento’ retraces the lives, motivations and struggles of both the Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers who fought in this harsh territory from 1915 through to the end of the war.

The exhibition examines the relationship between the two nations in the early years of the twentieth century, and explores what drove both sides to join the war.

Part of the exhibition focuses on how the armies fought on this hostile front, where high altitude, freezing temperatures and avalanches made normal modes of warfare impossible.

An extensive collection of letters, artefacts and photographs provides an insight into the daily struggles and motivations of the Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers in Trento.

The Italian front stretched all the way from Trento in the heart of the Italian Alps to the Isonzo River in northern Slovenia. The campaign began with Italy’s declaration of war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire in May 1915, and ended with the decisive Battle of Vittorio Veneto in November 1918.

The exhibition is provided in Italian and German and will be open until the 31st January 2016.

Find out more about visiting the Italian War History museum here.

Image: Italian War History Museum

Posted by: Eadaoin Hegarty, Centenary News