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corisande

Interesting Italian War Memorial in Bagnoregio, Umbria

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corisande

I recently took this photo of a strange war memorial in Bagnoregio, Umbria. It appears to show soldiers heads sticking out of cannons. I have no idea if that was the intention

 

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trajan

Very odd... Not cannons, though. I wondered for a moment if they were fasces, but no, laurel-wrapped scrolls. I guess its is a WW1 monument on the basis of the lovely lichen development and also the crowned shield. But aren't those the wrong helmets for WW1? Perhaps the ah'be-ssein'ya campaign? What was at the other end of the scrolls? Heads again?

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Gareth Davies

It's a monument to 1915 - 1918 and "di tutte le guerre" - all the wars.  

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trajan

Interesting... Do you have one of the back showing what's on the other end of those scrolls?

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Gareth Davies

Here it is (from Google Street View)

 

 

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The angle of the shot makes the helmets look like WW2 but after looking closer they can also be the WW1 Adrian type. An odd memorial in any case. Am I  the only who thinks they look a bit like Benito M? Did he issue some sort of edict that all the wr memorials had to look like him? Wouldn't surprise me!

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trajan
On 4/7/2018 at 16:48, Gareth Davies said:

Here it is (from Google Street View)

 

 

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Now it does get interesting! Front a memorial for the GW, back for the 'African Campaign', 1935-36 - so I guess Abbysina?, and  the Spanish campaign of 1936-1937 - had to sqeeze in that last 'I' as is usual on Latin inscriptions (in earlier times), and so I guess the Spanish civil war.

 

Then lovely bit there - year of re-dedication is 1939, followed by 'Anno VIII E.F.' for Anno 8 Era Fascista, 8th year of the fascist regime of Mussolini! Many of these remonder of the fascist years were scrubbed out after 1944/1945.

 

Yes, Adrian helmets there and on the front. Don't understand the heads in scrolls though...

 

Thanks for showing us this!

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Martin Bennitt
25 minutes ago, trajan said:

 

Now it does get interesting! Front a memorial for the GW, back for the 'African Campaign', 1935-36 - so I guess Abbysina?, and  the Spanish campaign of 1936-1937 - had to sqeeze in that last 'I' as is usual on Latin inscriptions (in earlier times), and so I guess the Spanish civil war.

 

Then lovely bit there - year of re-dedication is 1939, followed by 'Anno VIII E.F.' for Anno 8 Era Fascista, 8th year of the fascist regime of Mussolini! Many of these remonder of the fascist years were scrubbed out after 1944/1945.

 

Yes, Adrian helmets there and on the front. Don't understand the heads in scrolls though...

 

Thanks for showing us this!

 

I thought you of all people could read Roman numerals ;). 1929, surely? Fascist era dates from 1922.

 

As you say, a remarkable monument. I wouldn't rule out the Mussolini heads. When did Italy abandon the Adrian helmet?

 

Cheers Martin B

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trajan

Ouch... Quite right... But try concentrating and replying to GWF in a 'study' that is the corridor to the balcony with two bairns running around demanding I play Bingo with them...

 

I stand corrected - or, rather, admit that having a Sunday lunchtime 'pint' did not help!

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corisande

The funny thing was that I was not out to take photos of War Memorials.

 

We were just strolling along the street and saw it. I did a double take and could not work out what the sculptor was trying to portray.

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Wexflyer

I wonder if the memorial is incomplete? Perhaps this was meant to be a base for a statue?

The heads seem earily familiar to me...

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nigelcave

It also looks to me as though the 'e tutte le guerre' might be an afterthought - 'and of all (the) wars'. Perhaps the strange 'heads at the end of scrolls' decoration might be a considerably later addition?  

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corisande

Does not really help, but concentrating on the head alone I can get more definition. I thought maybe there might be some more inscription round the head.

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Heid the Ba
5 hours ago, nigelcave said:

It also looks to me as though the 'e tutte le guerre' might be an afterthought - 'and of all (the) wars'. Perhaps the strange 'heads at the end of scrolls' decoration might be a considerably later addition?  

My first thought was Great War memorial, converted to a 1930s war memorial, with "all the wars" added last.

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