The blessing of the flag, a ceremony on the Italian front


This picture was taken at the Italian Front in March 1917. It is one of numerous testimonies of the widespread religious rituals practiced by troops in World War One. The blessing of the flag just before advancing to the front line shows the importance of the Church in the mobilisation of European societies during war.

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Blessing of a flag. Italian front
March, 1917
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France