Saturday 17 March 2018

Bodies of WW1 soldiers found as glacier melts

The discovery of the bodies of two soldiers from a World War One battlefield high up in the Dolomites in Italy has renewed concerns about the rapid melting of Europe's glaciers as a result of global warming.

The area was the scene of bitter mountain warfare between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces, in a theatre of World War One, which was described by Ernest Hemingway in 'A Farewell to Arms'.

The two soldiers, believed to have been members of an artillery unit in the Austro-Hungarian army, were killed in fighting with Italian forces, probably in May 1918.

Italy's warmest summer in nearly a decade melted the ice in which they were encased to reveal their entangled skeletons, fragments of uniform and military insignia.

They were found by employees of a firm that is covering the glacier with vast tarpaulins to try to halt its shrinking due to rising temperatures. Their remains were gathered and flown to a hospital in Vicenza, where they will undergo laboratory analysis for identification before burial. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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