Sunday, September 21, 2014
i want to hear them!
I’m so happy you asked. These evergreen classics are eating my soul right now:
Il Testamento del Capitano - it tells the story of a captain of the Alpine troops who is dying of his wounds and sends for his men (who at first say they don’t have shoes to walk, and the captain is like, “with or without shoes, I want my Alpines here”) who have to cut up his corpse and send the pieces to the King, the Motherland, the battalion, the mountains, his mother and his sweetheart.
Ta-Pum - general shit frontline life, the title is an onomatopoeic imitation of the noise made by Austrian rifles (first a noise that goes roughly like “ta”, then “pum” i.e. the actual bang).
Ponte de Priula - about the retreat after the defeat suffered at Caporetto, and the river Piave being “red with Italian blood” spilled by the firing squads set up to wipe off deserters.
Monte Canino - “… after three days of travelling by train and another two on foot, we arrived on Monte Canino / and under the clear sky we have to rest / If you’re hungry, look far away / If you’re thirsty, grab your cup / The snow will take your thirst away”, I think the sloppy translation speaks for itself.
(bonus personal crap: some of my reenactment buddies and I ended up trying to teach and translate Il Testamento del Capitano to a drunk German boy at an event this summer; it was one of the most intense moments of my life.)
Saturday, September 20, 2014
timetravelteam:

Female Russian soldiers under instruction WW1

timetravelteam:

Female Russian soldiers under instruction WW1

Thursday, September 18, 2014
georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

“German officers of Flieger Abteilung 280 have a party at a house where they are stationed near the Western Front, in the summer of 1918.”
(Reuters)

georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

German officers of Flieger Abteilung 280 have a party at a house where they are stationed near the Western Front, in the summer of 1918.”

(Reuters)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
This, evidently, is the credo of the men who, a year and a half ago, left all the corners of the land to mass themselves on the frontier: Give up trying to understand, and give up trying to be yourself. Hope that you will not die, and fight for life as well as you can. Under Fire, Henri Barbusse (via stannisbaratheon)
talesofwar:

After the nightmare: desolation after a hand to hand fight. ww1

talesofwar:

After the nightmare: desolation after a hand to hand fight. ww1

Monday, September 8, 2014
viktor-sbor:

1915.Италия."Подпишитесь на заем" :)

viktor-sbor:

1915.Италия."Подпишитесь на заем" :)

The wounded trooper, 1915, by Tommaso Cascella (1890-1968), here printed on a memorial postcard from 1935.
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The wounded trooper, 1915, by Tommaso Cascella (1890-1968), here printed on a memorial postcard from 1935.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
talesofwar:

German soldiers staging the lice hunt with humor.

talesofwar:

German soldiers staging the lice hunt with humor.

Friday, September 5, 2014
ironeurope:

Austro-Hungarian Cavalry

ironeurope:

Austro-Hungarian Cavalry