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Bodies of WWI soldiers found in Alpine glacier -
ABC News - Australia ^ | August 23, 2004

Posted on 08/22/2004 5:08:17 PM PDT by UnklGene

Bodies of WWI soldiers found in Italian glacier -

The preserved bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War I have been found at the foot of an Italian glacier, 86 years after their deaths, a museum in northern Italy said on Sunday.

They were found by Maurizio Vincenzi, the director of the military history museum at the small town of Peio in the Trentino region, member of a mountain rescue team and military history buff.

The bodies were found 3,400 metres up a mountain called San Matteo and are said to be exceptionally well preserved.

They had been spotted by Vincenzi as he scanned the glacier with binoculars and noticed marks on it.

The area was the scene of fighting between Austrian and Italian troops in 1918 and the Austrian soldiers would have belonged to a regiment based at Dimaro nearby.

It is believed that the men died when they were attacked with grenades.

Their bodies have been taken to a morgue in Peio and will be transferred to a military cemetery.

According to Vincenzi it is 80 years since the preserved body of a World War I soldier has been found.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: alpini; austria; forniglacier; italy; kaiserschutzen; sanmatteo; soldiers; worldwarone; wwi
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1 posted on 08/22/2004 5:08:17 PM PDT by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene

Wow, and preserved well if they believe it was a grenade that did them in.


2 posted on 08/22/2004 5:10:13 PM PDT by Vision ("This is in God's hands now")
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To: UnklGene

Over there!

3 posted on 08/22/2004 5:10:47 PM PDT by UnklGene
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To: blam

Here's something that might interest you, sort of current events archeology!


4 posted on 08/22/2004 5:11:48 PM PDT by jocon307 (That's allowed, as long as we all vote for W.)
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To: UnklGene
As the glaciers retreat, there will be more such finds. Glaciers are better preserved sites even than peat bogs.

100 years is nothing. What was Ötzi - 4 or 5 thousand years old?

5 posted on 08/22/2004 5:13:10 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: UnklGene

"A Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Helprin relates a stories of fighting between Italian and German (perhaps Austrian) Alpine troops. A very worthwhile read.


6 posted on 08/22/2004 5:17:26 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: UnklGene

Anything having to do with 'A Farewell To Arms'?


7 posted on 08/22/2004 5:25:50 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: UnklGene
Aucicles.
8 posted on 08/22/2004 5:27:09 PM PDT by b4its2late (John John Kerry Edwards change positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: Vision

They tend to last well at those high altitudes. The upper regions of Everest are littered with dead climbers from the last eighty years.


9 posted on 08/22/2004 5:37:20 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers (When the government seeks to give the people all they want, it will soon take all they have.)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


10 posted on 08/22/2004 5:39:25 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers (When the government seeks to give the people all they want, it will soon take all they have.)
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To: jocon307
"Here's something that might interest you, sort of current events archeology!"

Good, thanks.

I was gonna post this from The Telegraph but my search turned up your post.

11 posted on 08/22/2004 5:40:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: squarebarb
Anything having to do with 'A Farewell To Arms'?

Possibly, if they were picking up a live grenade at the time it went off.

12 posted on 08/22/2004 6:39:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: UnklGene
troops killed in WWI
by gas: 90.000
by avalanches: 80.000















13 posted on 08/22/2004 6:42:09 PM PDT by qwertz
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To: UnklGene

VIKING discovery in Ireland (9th century):

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1181842.htm


14 posted on 08/22/2004 6:45:56 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er ( Election day: FOUR Supreme Court Justices! Enough said.)
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To: qwertz

Great pix, the short carbines are M-95 straight pull actions shooting a 6.5x56r cartridge. I have one and it shoots very well.
Can't make out the long rifles though, horrible conditions
to fight in.


15 posted on 08/22/2004 6:48:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: somemoreequalthanothers

On a glacier, it's a different sequence of events..Glaciers are "living" masses of ice...the bodies would have become covered with snowfall..which then compressed as ice..and would have become buried...example..WW II planes thar crashed on Greenland were found recently buried under 250 FEET of ice...but the glacier, moves..it flows to the mouth and as the glacier gets shallower, the pieces..metal, bodies, rocks..get oushed up tot he surface..


16 posted on 08/22/2004 6:48:14 PM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: Vision

Hey remember that mummy that Bill Clinton said he would date?


17 posted on 08/22/2004 6:50:29 PM PDT by Radioactive
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To: UnklGene

A chilling reminder, enter into mutual defense alliance with Italians at own risk.


18 posted on 08/22/2004 6:53:26 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Sam Cree
Not only is A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR a superlative novel, but Mark Helprin is a Republican speech writer who worked for Bush 41. This novel was so brilliant it profoundly changed the way I look at life.
19 posted on 08/22/2004 6:54:17 PM PDT by Shqipo (The gloves are on and the corners are empty.)
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To: ken5050

The one where they went down for the P 38? I watched a docu on that.


20 posted on 08/22/2004 6:55:13 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers (When the government seeks to give the people all they want, it will soon take all they have.)
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