Remembering the war as a means of fostering peace


The Trentino Front witnessed conflict between soldiers from many countries, including battles at perilously high altitudes
The scenarios run from bitter battles to building bridges between nations within Europe and beyond. In Trentino we’ve had direct experience of the First World War. A century on from the conflict we can stand back - but still see the legacy of wartime all around us.
Between 1915 and 1918 Trentino territory, born as borderlands, became a battleground. It was one long front that crossed valleys, mountains and Alpine peaks. Here, soldiers battled in an interminable struggle against nature in the raw, before even encountering the real enemy. The Italian term is “the White War” (la guerra bianca) which correctly conjures up visions of battling at high altitude, amid glaciers and snowfields. To facilitate the fighting, hundreds of kilometres of military roads were carved across the mountains, changing the high-altitude landscape forever. In the decades following the war, these same military roads led to the opening up of the mountain landscape for peaceful ends, boosting tourism and settlement.
The Trentino Front wasn’t decisive to the outcome of the First World War but reminders of the conflict are everywhere, including in the trenches and countless inaccessible sites where soldiers from many European nations fought.
Today we bear witness to the conflict in countless ways. It’s with us when we’re walking paths created by two opposing forces, or visiting forts and military outposts, trenches and trails. All these signs of conflict inevitably confirm Trentino in its commitment to peace and cooperation with European nations.

Date: 07/01/2014 - 12/31/2018

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