Zona di guerra

For this Friday, a franchigia, a pre-stamped letter used by soldiers. If I remember it well, a precise quantity of franchigie were given to Italian soldiers each week, in order to allowthem to communicate without paying any cost to their families. There are hundreds of types of such letters (I even got a book about the different types used during WW1 and WW2), this one was designed by the Istituto Italo-Britannico (which was very active in Milan, that’s why it’s still rather easy to find material in the flea markets of the city). I love the words on the left side, here’s a rough translation:

Soldier! This war is made of patience and work.

Every drop of your sweat will save a drop of your blood;

Every hour of your strong resistance is one foot closer to Victory and Peace.