Captured Italians in Resiutta

Photograph

Description

English

These are captured Italian soldiers in Resiutta, east of Tolmezzo in the Veneto region of Italy. The picture was probably taken in early or mid November 1917. Very often the captured soldiers were taken on long marches to railway junctions, where they were then transported to prison camps or into forced labour. During the war the Austro-Hungarian army made use of an estimated 50 prisoner of war camps in which up to 1.8 million people were held.

This photograph is from the collection of the Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau. The many documents of prisoners of war in this collection are the ‘human booty’ representing military superiority. The bureau was the propaganda department of the Austro-Hungarian army. This unique collection contains pictures of the war at the eastern and southeastern fronts, the back country and from all areas of the monarchy.

German

Was ist die Bedeutung dieses Dokuments?

Auf dieser Fotografie sind gefangene italienische Soldaten in Resiutta, östlich von Tolmezzo in Venetien zu sehen. Die Aufnahme wurde vermutlich Anfang oder Mitte November 1917 gemacht. In der Kriegsbildersammlung des Kriegspressequartiers finden sich viele Aufnahmen von Kriegsgefangenen, stellten diese „menschlichen Beutestücke“ doch militärische Überlegenheit dar. Oft wurden die gefangenen Soldaten auf langen Märschen zu Fuß zu Bahnknotenpunkten gebracht, von wo aus sie dann in Gefangenenlager oder zur Zwangsarbeit abtransportiert wurden. Während des Krieges standen der k.u.k. Monarchie geschätzte 50 Kriegsgefangenenlager zur Verfügung in denen bis zu 1,8 Millionen Gefangene untergebracht waren. 

Was ist dieses Dokument?

Bei diesen Dokumenten handelt es sich um Fotografien aus der Fotosammlung des k.u.k. Kriegspressequartiers. Das Kriegspressequartier war die Propagandaabteilung des österreichisch-ungarischen Heeres. Die einzigartige Sammlung enthält Kriegsfotos von der Ost- und Südostfront, dem Hinterland und aus allen Gebieten der Monarchie.

Full title
Captured Italians in Resiutta
Created
November 1917
Format
Photograph
Creator
Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau
Held by
Öesterreichische Nationalbibliothek
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions

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