I’m so happy you asked. These evergreen classics are eating my soul right now:i want to hear them!
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.)
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