Melting ice reveals first world war relics in Italian Alps

6th May, 2021

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A lantern found at the cave barracks on Mount Scorluzzo, Lombardy. Photograph: White War museum in Adamello


The soldiers dug the wooden barracks into a cave on the top of Mount Scorluzzo, a 3,095-metre (10,154ft) peak overlooking the Stelvio pass. For the next three-and-a-half years, the cramped, humid space was home to about 20 men from the Austro-Hungarian army as they fought against Italian troops in what became known as the White War, a battle waged across treacherous and bitterly cold Alpine terrain during the first world war.

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