Speech given at Supreme Command on 11 August 1918, after a flight to drop leaflets over Vienna
This is the first draft of a speech given by Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) to the Head Command of the Italian army, about a flight he took over Vienna on 9 August 1918 during which he ‘bombed’ Vienna with leaflets. D’Annunzio was a poet-soldier of World War One, and the leaflets were propaganda highlighting allied victories in Italy (Piave) and in France (Marne) during the final months of the war.
Questa è la prima stesura del discorso tenuto da Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) alla mensa del Quartier Generale dell’Esercito Italiano dopo il volo su Vienna. D’Annunzio, il “poeta-soldato” della Prima Guerra Mondiale, e la sua squadriglia aerea “bombardarono” Vienna con dei volantini il 9 agosto 1918. Nei volantini venivano propagandisticamente sottolineate le vittorie italiane (sul Piave) e francesi (sulla Marna) durante i mesi finali della guerra.
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From Zeppelin airships to propaganda leaflet drops, Bernard Wilkin explores the significant role of aerial warfare in World War One – where it was used on a large scale for the first time.