This letter was written by the poet-soldier Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) some months after Italy joined the war. It is addressed to Admiral Camillo Maria Corsi, Commander in Chief and Minister of the Italian navy. Although D’Annunzio supported the Serbian resistance to Austria-Hungary, the letter shows his concerns about Italian supremacy in the Adriatic. Italy opposed the interests of Serbia, which was already thinking about the formation of a Yugoslav state. And so began tensions between the two Adriatic nations that would remain until the end of World War Two.
this war occasion is for me perfect to manifest to You the trustful joy that every sincere lover of our Navy proved when the fate had been replaced in Your firm and wise hand.
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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.