Thursday, June 04, 2015

An Italian World War One Postcard

 
The Italian efforts, maneuvers and contribution to the Great War make an interesting read. I generally consider them as despicable opportunists. Still, they have a way with art and design. I wonder how many of the half million or so Italians who died fighting sent or received this postcard.

5 comments:

Toddy Cat said...

A case could be made that Italy chose the wrong side in each war, at least from the standpoint of national interest. Had they sided with the Central Powers in WWI, Germany would probably have won. Had Mussolini stayed neutral, then entered the war against Hitler in 1944 or so, he would have died in his bed like Franco. Italian soldiers were pretty brave, contrary to popular belief, but they were led by idiots.

Alexandros HoMegas said...

This piece art feel almost "Pagan", Mars kissing Venus.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Italian genius for design and innovation. The Arditi were quite effective, and in WWII the Decima MAS.

sykes.1 said...

They also inspired Hemingway, that's a plus despite his communism.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Of course, the Italians also have a genius for style. Check out the uniforms of their colonial troops in Africa late 19th C. - mid-20th C., especially some of their African cavalry units.