Signorinas


This picture will drive nuts my friend Francesco Brazzale, who’s fan of British troops in Italy and trains, if he doesn’t already know it (I couldn’t check in his last book, as it’s buried somwhere in my library). This picture was published in part #43 of I was there magazine.

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Its original caption states “The photograph above was taken soon after the Armistice with Austria was signed, on November 4, 1918. After the sudden collpase of the Austrian Army there were huge stocks of British shells in Italy, and those that had already been sent up to the front were taken back to ammunition dumps, cleaned and packed, and sent to England. For this work girls were employed, and here a number of them are travelling from their homes to their work. The short journey was made in the trucks of a light railway”.

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