Snapshots during training




These images show the training undertaken by cadet officers at the military academy in Modena. Italian soldiers were given a hurried, often inadequate, preparation. The new recruits were sent quickly to trenches where an attack looked imminent.

The military academy of Modena descended from the Royal Academy of Savoy, founded in Turin in September 1677, and still exists.


Ai soldati italiani veniva impartito un addestramento sommario, quasi sempre insufficente. Le nuove reclute venivano velocemente inviati in trincea nell'imminenza di un attacco. Immagini relative ai corsi di addestramento dei cadetti allievi ufficiali che si tenevano alla scuola militare di Modena, antico istituto italiano di formazione militare ancora oggi esistente, erede della Reale Accademia Sabauda fondata a Torino nel settembre 1677.

Full title
Snapshots during training
18 July, 1915
Held by
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions

Related articles

Training to be a soldier

Article by
Jonathan Boff
The war machine, Life as a soldier

How were soldiers prepared for World War One? Dr Jonathan Boff examines the stages of training undertaken by the millions of soldiers across the British, German and French armies.

Military discipline and punishment

Article by
Gary Sheffield
The war machine

Professor Gary Sheffield discusses conformity and rebellion of World War One troops within the frame of military discipline and punishment.

Related collection items