Thursday, 14 January 2016

Italy: Marmolada

This is my 100th post about World War I! Big Thanks to everyone who helped me to receive so many great cards!

Today I got three postcards: one from Italy, one from China and one from Hong Kong.

The card from Italy shows the Marmolada. The Marmolada is a mountain on the border of the Italian Regions of Trentino and Veneto. It is the highest mountain of the Dolomites and is also home to the only large glacier of the Dolomites.
During World War I the mountain was located on the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy and thus it was on the front. On both sides military camps were established. The Austro-Hungarian Empire even drilled deep tunnels in the mountain to house its soldiers. Due to the detonations, which were done to create the tunnels, the greatest avalanche accident of the Dolomites occurred on the mountain during the war. Today remains and belongings of soldiers are occasionally discovered as the glacier retreat.
The Dolomites are since 2009 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Christmas (from set of two) (issued 21-11-2015)


Thank You very much Marco!

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