Alpini

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During the First World War in Italy, among the the braviest soldiers we find the Alpine Corps.
The "Compagnie Alpine" was born in 1872 upon a revolutionary idea of ​​general Domenico Perrucchetti: move the line of defense to the borders of the Alps and entrust it to the villagers of the place rather than to the troops from the plain.
Cesare Battisti, a Italian hero, called the Alpine corps as "children of the mountains": as a matter of fact even young people (no more than 17 years old) participated to the war on the mountains with 88 battalions and 66 groups of mountain artillery for a total of 240,000 men.
From Adamello to Monte Nero, from the Tofane to the Carso, from Marmolada to Mount Ortigara, from Stelvio to Monte Grappa, from Monte Pasubio to Sentinel Pass, the high price paid by Alpine Corps was of 24,876 deaths, 76,670 injured, 18,305 missing.
Even Rudyard Kipling appreciated the value of these men, writing five articles published in the Daily Telegraph and the New York Tribune, and were also translated in Italian.

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