After the defeat of Caporetto, almost a million of Austrian soldiers poured into Friuli and Veneto: about a million and a half of civilians were more or less involved in the military occupation that lasted a year. Of these 800 thousand remained in the invaded lands and over 600 thousand evacuated in the wake of the Italian army. The memorials and subsequent investigative committees established after the war, have described this mass of invaders as a troup of greedy victorious soldiers, dedicated to the looting of the rich territory and to the despoiling of all that was worth and edible, letting go to rape and violence of all kinds against civilians.
Immediately after the withdrawal of the Italian army, took place an "orgiastic" work of looting by the imperial-royal troops, barely controlled by the Austrian authorities. Subsequently, the government of Vienna imposed on the occupied lands the total maintenance of about 800 thousand soldiers present on the front of the Piave and in the rear. The level of life of the occupied populations has fallen to minimum levels, giving rise to a widespread black market for foodstuffs At an administrative level, due to the flight of Italian civil authorities at all levels, the Austrians imposed a regime of strict control of daily life .
Below a series of photographs, given by CEDOS - Centro documentazione storica sulla Grande Guerra, in S. Polo di Piave (Tv), that illustrate the daily life of civilian population and the promiscuity in which they were occupiers and occupied.