Italian alpine units climbing a steep slope during World War I.While World War I is particularly known for its trench warfare, one interesting part of WWI history was the Alpine wars of Northern Italy. Perhaps those who faced the worst conditions were the Italians.  Throughout most of the war Germany and Austria-Hungary occupied the high ground.  Thus Italian soldiers were often forced to make suicide attacks against highly fortified mountain top positions, suffering heavy losses.

Italian alpine units climbing a steep slope during World War I.While World War I is particularly known for its trench warfare, one interesting part of WWI history was the Alpine wars of Northern Italy. Perhaps those who faced the worst conditions were the

Italian Alpine soldiers in action with Villar perosa M15 submachine gun, World War I.

WWI Italian Alpine soldiers in action with Villar Perosa in Piemonte submachine gun

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Italian alpinists defending an attack from a trench dug into the mountain during the First World War.

Italian alpinists defending an attack from a trench dug into the mountain during the First World War. Inclusive a pedradas.

Regio Esercito - Soldato Sciatore del Gruppo d'assalto - Cacciatore Alpino 1916-17 - Sergente del 1° Reggimento Alpini 1915

Regio Esercito - Soldato Sciatore del Gruppo d'assalto - Cacciatore Alpino 1916-17 - Sergente del 1° Reggimento Alpini 1915

Guerra Bianca | Un Alpino in divisa d'alta montagna

Guerra Bianca | Un Alpino in divisa d'alta montagna

Artiglieria alpina sul fronte dell'Adamello, mentre si appresta a fare fuoco con un pezzo da 75/13.

Artiglieria alpina sul fronte dell'Adamello, mentre si appresta a fare fuoco con un pezzo da 75/13.

Guerra d'Albania - Fronte greco - Accampamento della Divisione Julia sul monte Scendèli - Santa MessaGli alpini assistono alla Messa celebrata dal cappellano all'aperto nell'accampamento al fronte

Guerra d'Albania - Fronte greco - Accampamento della Divisione Julia sul monte Scendèli - Santa MessaGli alpini assistono alla Messa celebrata dal cappellano all'aperto nell'accampamento al fronte

Italian Alpini sending a wounded comrade to hospital, this kind of tranport was dangerous af, it killed many soldiers with severe wounds, WWI #TuscanyAgriturismoGiratola

Italian Alpini sending a wounded comrade to hospital, this kind of tranport was dangerous af, it killed many soldiers with severe wounds, WWI

Italian Alpini attack Austrian positions in the Alps during WWI, South Tirol, 1914-18 (b/w photo)

Italian Alpini attack Austrian positions in the Alps during WWI, South Tirol, (b/w photo)

Italian soldiers climb up a moutain on their way to face the Austrians, 1915.P.S.: Note their skis.

Italian soldiers climb up a moutain on their way to face the Austrians, Note their skis.

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