March 30, 2019

Sexten lies in the Alto Adige today, but it was on the Austrian front in 1915 when war broke out between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy. Within weeks Italian shelling had destroyed its church and claimed many civilian casualties.

The war for those generations who have only known Sexten for skiing and hiking, enjoying the peace maintained by the European Union, is described in a vivi...

March 30, 2019

Fifty-three weeks since I was last on this old frontier line between Austria and Italy. Fort Mitterberg was constructed in the 1870s to defend Austria’s southern Alpine frontier. By 1915, when the conflict eventually erupted, it was already an anachronism and swiftly forsaken for electrified fencing and mine fields.

Mitterberg Fort 

Since I was here a year ago and wrote a blog about it, the...

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