Portatrici carniche

For this week-end (thanks God it’s Friday) I wanted to propose you pics about some elements linked to Italy and WW1, probably unknown for people who don’t live in the Bel Paese. Let’s start with the “portatrici carniche”, which could be translated as “carnic bearers”. The image below shows a group of these “portatrici carniche”. They were groups of women that during the Great War brought equipment to the men fighting on the mountain front of the Carnic region. Their typical basket (called “gerla”) could contain up to 40 kg (almost 90 pounds) of ammunitions and food. These women were recognizable thanks to a red armband showing the number of the regiment they were working for. They were between 15 and 60 years old. About 1,400 of them “served” in the Italian Army during the Great War.



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