Ardengo Soffici’s Kobilek is war rhetoric. In it we hear the sound of the artillery in a masterpiece of the nationalistic war literature of Italy. But it is also a realistic picture of the modern war, where the fear is the master of the soldier. An example is Private Pietracadella, a humble Calabrian peasant. According to Soffici’s hierarchical and slightly racist opinion, only the good and courageous officer knows the actual grounds of the war and can be an example for the soldiers.