THE SOLDIER’S SKIN
The Soldier’s Skin: uniforms, armour, helmets and gas masks from the First World War to the year 2000
25 April 2018 – 31 March 2019
Tuesday to Sunday | 10 am to 6 pm
In the rooms of Rovereto Castle, reopened to the public after a long restoration, the museum hosts an exhibition about how soldiers faced the enormous destructive potential of arms with very few defences and protective equipment in the twentieth century. The exhibition mainly looks at the Great War but continues up to the 2000s, with armour, helmets, shields, gas masks, camouflage uniforms and protection against nuclear, bacteriological and chemical threats.
For millennia soldiers wore armour, shields and helmets as a second skin to protect themselves from arrows, spears, blades and maces. This was until the appearance of the firearm, putting the efficiency of the old protection into question. Soldiers then found themselves marching on the battlefields with a cloth uniform and a fabric or leather cap. Now that the power of weapons has surpassed all imagination, the unfairly matched challenge of defending a soldier’s body continues.
The exhibition tells a chapter of this long history, from the years immediately preceding the First World War to the present day, with materials from the Museum’s collections, and others lent by cultural and military institutions and companies in the defence sector.
The exhibition was organised by the War Museum of Rovereto with the support of the Provincia autonoma di Trento, Volksbank Banca Popolare dell’Alto Adige, Apt Rovereto e Vallagarina and Cantina d’Isera.
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