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During the Great War, women were called to replace men in a variety of tasks: from money management, farm labor, to factories. However, many of them also succeeded in covering military roles, not only in the red cross, but also in the firefighters, in the auxiliary bodies of the army or, as was the case in occupied Poland, in paramilitary formations with intelligence tasks.
This series of pictures show who were the "mass-soldiers" of the First World War and how they spent their time in the narrow spaces of the trenches. Despite the terrible impact of the position war, often the will to survive and to look beyond the horrors of the trench and of the nobody's land left space to moments of leisure and cheerfulness. To this end, the words that Emilio Lussu turned to Mario Rigoni Stern in 1970 after the vision of the movie Many Wars Ago from his novel...
"What was going on in my head when the war broke out in 1915? We were complete innocents, we did not know why we were going to that war, we knew nothing at all. We only talked about it among ourselves, all of us people without any schooling, that did not read the newspapers (...) at school I had learned the alphabet and how to grow radishes and parsley, I still have the book that six of us children, brothers and sisters, studied."
Pietro Balsamo (Margarita - Cuneo, born in 1894,...
During the Great War the trench became the greatest symbol of the tragic wartime experience of millions of men. The First World War in fact saw soldiers entrenched as the norm, thus significantly altering modes of confrontation: there were no more brutal but short battles, but rather long and violent fighting over large spaces and against an often invisible enemy. In the Karst region and along the Isonzo, the Italians, initially at a disadvantage to their adversary on account of the lack of...
The Hindenburg Line was conceived as an impressive line of strategic retreat, behind which bleed the Allies, waiting for the German industry and the situation at the front would lay the favourable conditions to launch the final assault on the Anglo-French. It was built through a salient of the German front, so the Deutsches Heer would have shortened their front fifty kilometres, taking the availability of thirteen divisions and fifty heavy artillery batteries. The new line was long 140...
At the beginning of the XXth century the most common form of communication was the postal correspondence. 
The Great War was a war of long and bloody battles. The blood of soldiers of all the European powers poured on the land border along the edges. 
The air warfare has a charm all its own. Brave and fearless airmen on board of their aircraft cut through the skies searching for victory. 
Not only were the battles and hardships in the military to kill people during the war.
In addition to the global spread of the conflict, the Great War brought a further innovation: from  the summer of 1914, the conflict on the Western Front became a war of position and attrition with the excavation of thousands of miles of trenches. Trench warfare also prevailed on the Italian front . On other fronts, such as Eastern Europe, the trench warfare could not be diffused because of the length of the front.


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