11 June – 2 October 2016
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Zugna, the mountain in lower Trentino that separates Vallarsa from Vallagarina, was occupied by Italian troops in May 1915. They rapidly equipped the area for the thousands of soldiers who would live there, with roads, cableways, deposits, villages of huts, artillery positions, trenches and communication trenches.
Exactly one year later, on this mountain – just like on Pasubio and on the Asiago Plateau – the Austro-Hungarian offensive known as the Strafexpedition was launched.
For weeks, one violent and bloody Austrian attack followed another at the Trincerone and at the Buole pass but they were unable to overcome the Italian resistance.
Zugna became a marginal sector after June 1916.
The two armies fought for two long years, bleeding each other dry in sudden attacks and localised battles.
In the summer of 1916, in the north of the range, the Austrians built the logistical structures and field fortifications necessary for the organisation of their front.
Even today, along the paths that climb the slopes of the mountain, you will come across the remains of those structures, many of which are visible again following major restoration work.
Along the road to the mountain’s summit from Albaredo you can cross the front lines of both armies and the no man’s land, guided by information panels, and still recognise one of the most famous battlefields of the Great War.
The images come from the photographic archive of the Italian War History Museum.
The captions were written with the collaboration of Tiziano Berté.