3 photographs in the same post for today! As stated by my friend Mike Brubaker yesterday in the comment to my previous post, the “modern” war of 1914 still contained elements of medieval warfare. Here’s another example of the link with medieval wars: the presence of cattle. This photograph was taken in Campolongo (a few kms west of Asiago) and shows us a German soldier “surrounded” by cattle. I let the experts define their race and tell me if these were “local” animals of if they were brought for the needs of K.u.K. Austro-Hungarian army. Note in the background the ruins of a house, probably destroyed during the fightings on the Plateau.
For sure, our photographer was probably very interested in these animals, because he photographied them several times. Here’s another photograph, of another breed. Did he find them exotic?
Or was he shocked by their scrawny look? We must remember that Austro-Hungarian civil population and soldiers heavily suffered hunger during the Great War.