This photograph shows members of the Italian alpine troops, formed in 1872 and one of the oldest mountain units. The soldiers are equipped with skis and sealskins to aid movement on mountain snow. The picture belongs to the collections of the photographic department of the Supreme Command of the Royal Italian Army, from an album entitled The War, where the more ‘glorious’ memories of the war were illustrated.
- Article by:
- Stephen Badsey
- Historical debates
From portraits of soldiers to official government images, Professor Stephen Badsey examines the private and public use of photography in World War One and its value as a historical source.