WWI Soldier Bodies Found On Glacier

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WWI Soldier Bodies Found On Glacier

Post by sylvieK4 » 24 Aug 2004 13:07

I wonder if they have relatives/ descendants still living to claim them.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay. ... tion=world

WWI bodies are found on glacier

Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK

The bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War I have been found on an Italian glacier, almost perfectly preserved, an Italian museum says.
The corpses were found at about 3,400m (11,500ft) on the mountain of San Matteo in the Trentino region.

The area was the scene of high-altitude fighting between Austrian and Italian forces towards the end of the war.

Historians believe the men may have died on 3 September 1918, during what was called "the great battle".

The preserved bodies were spotted and retrieved by Maurizio Vincenzi.
Not only is he an amateur historian, but he is also a member of the local mountain rescue team, and the director of the military history museum at the small town of Peio.

The museum announced the discovery on Sunday, after Mr Vincenzi and his colleagues recovered the bodies on Friday.

Mr Vincenzi, 46, said: "Using binoculars, I saw what looked like a stain on the Forni glacier and went to look."

Funeral planned

"When I got close, I discovered they were the bodies of soldiers frozen in the glacier. Nothing like this has ever happened in my lifetime. Bodies haven't been found in the ice around here for decades," he said.

He said the bodies were found upside down, encased in ice.

Their uniforms included leather belts, a gas mask and a cap with a star on it - all in good condition.

It is thought the men may have died in a grenade attack.

The battle, 86 years ago, was won by the Austrians, but they lost 11 men in the process.

"This is an important discovery from a historical point of view, and exciting for the communities on both sides of the border," said Mr Vicenzi.

A funeral for the men is planned for Tuesday afternoon, after which they will be laid to rest in the local military cemetery

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Post by maxxx » 24 Aug 2004 13:10

A star on the cap?

Are they sure they are austrians not italians? Or was the star on the collar, not the cap? Mysterious....

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Post by Daniel L » 24 Aug 2004 13:33

If they won the battle, why leave men behind and not bury them? I'm asking the same question as Max.

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Post by maxxx » 24 Aug 2004 13:38

well, more soldiers died by avalanches and falling rocks than by enemy fire there in the mountains. Many must still be buried in the ice. Austrians and italians tried to recover the bodies when possible, i dont think they left the fallen enemy there just because "they won the battle". But to recover victims from 3400 meters with WW1 equipment must have been really hard. And can you imagine something more perverse than exchanging fire under a threatining avalanche?

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Post by Larso » 24 Aug 2004 23:13

'The Great Battle' and only 11 deaths?

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