The poet-soldier Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) wrote to Luigi Cardorna (1850-1928), Commander-in-Chief of the Italian army on 18 September 1917. The letter is written on headed paper of the air squadron Della Comina, a place near Pordenone, in Friuli. The Latin motto of the squadron is cominus et eminus ferit, it will wound from near and far.
TranscriptExcellency, yesterday I came to the army’s general headquarters for some minutes, but, I couldn’t disturb you, as I knew you were really busy. I took with me in Udine the noble French sculptor Maurice Favre, whose name couldn’t be unknown to Your Excellency, because he is reliable for the Republic Government by the headquarter.
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- Stephen Badsey
Professor Stephen Badsey reflects on how letters, parcels, and newspapers – although subject to censorship – kept family and friends in touch with soldiers serving in World War One.