Skip to comments.World War I era ammunition frozen in a glacier for nearly a century has been found in N. Italy
Posted on 09/02/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts
WWI ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy.
More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino.
The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry.
The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue unit - operating in the area between Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio - to catch sight of the brownish metal points emerging from the ice.
The ammunition had been spread over a 100-square-metre area during a series of battles fought between the armies of Austria-Hungary and Italy between 1915 and 1918.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Frozen in time: The ammunition was discovered as a glacier melted in Trentino
Conflict: The ammunition was spread over a 100-square-metre area between 1915 and 1918
There has to be a line about France surrendering somewhere in this one...
A whole bunch of high explosive shells with the unstable fuses corroded in place.
Someone is going to really earn their pay over the next few weeks...
Looks like remnants of the wood shipping boxes scattered around. Old stuff but likely still deadly.
It`sa bigga non-nuclear mountain meltdowna I tell you
The most amazing part of this article is that the Italians actually have a unit called “the Finance Police Alpine rescue unit.”
Who would the Financial Police be rescuing normally? Bankers who get stuck on a ski lift?
Rescuing the vacationing bankers’ wallets no doubt ...
Walt Disney was an ambulance driver in this arena....if they find a leather jacket with an illustration on the back, someone is gonna be rich....
Recently watched a BBC program that featured the exhumation of a Spitfire from a peat bog in Donegal, Ireland. The story of the American pilot that parachuted from the plane is extraordinary in itself, but what is even more extraordinary, is the fact that the Browning machine guns onboard were discovered intact. They were cleaned and fired after 70 years buried in the bog. There was air still in one of the plane's tires, and fuel was running out of the engine as it was lifted out of the ground. The pilot's leather flying cap was still intact and pliable, and they found the service manual intact, and still readable. For anyone who is interested, here's a link to the story:
Of course if some 7.62x54R ever melts out of a glacier you can bet it’ll be on sale for $70/ 880 rds within and week (and will still work just fine) :)
I think Financial Police are more like Customs.
There’s been a lot of gold etc. being smuggled into Switzerland through the Italian Alps.
Just hire the criminals on death row to pick it all up.
They’ve made some remarkable finds in bogs over the years. Makes you wonder just how much more history is yet to be found.
Oh, thank you global warming!
/sarcasm about morons who believe in “science”
That's what I'd do, but what do us armatures know?
More likely about how Italians always changing minds and switching sides like cowards.
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The Italians and Austro-Hungarians fought there in one of the nastiest fronts of the war, the 12 Battles of the Isonzo, with a total of 1.2 million casualties.
Italy had used up so many men in WWI that it still hadn’t recovered by WWII. With a population of about 35 million, they had lost about 1.25 million people, with another million military wounded.
It was brutal. My wife’s grandfather was there, was a POW after Caporetto. Not only were the battles absolute meat grinders, but the Italian army’s discipline was right out of Roman times. The practice of decimation was common. If a unit failed in combat, one soldier per hundred was selected randomly for execution to punish the unit.
Your statement just makes you look stupid and ignorant. If you know how to read, try reading a history book. It will do you some good. Try the ones without a lot of pictures if you are capable. I bet a keyboard commando like yourself would of been something along the Isonzo River or assaulting up a sheer cliff in the Alps.
These were military deaths, all concentrated within a single generation, males in their twenties.
Looks like there’s nothing to blow up but dirt. Just sit back and lob a few mortars in.
While I’m a global warming skeptic too, it is true that the glaciers of the Alps have shrunk considerably over the last 100 years or so. (I think this is one big reason Europe is so believing of global warming—as they (think) they see it in the Alps very clearly (even as glaciers in other parts of the world grow...). Climate change of course is normal...and I don’t think we know the size of the glaciers in the Alps during the medieval warming period, ca. AD 1000.
I believe this ammo was left on TOP of the glacier in 1915, and was subsequently covered up, and frozen into it—only now being revealed as the end of the glacier melts and recedes. Point being the ammo wasn’t gathered up by the glacier-growing flowing down the valley.
While few remember it now (as these didn’t involve Americans, French or English), some very fierce battles of WWI occurred high-up in the Alps...
Boy are you nasty. Seems you are the “keyboard commando”. Geesh.
It’s true: they keep changing sides.
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