One of the joys of news crawlers and social media, is you can catch a story that you would not normally catch in a local or regional paper. Last week I saw the story that after testing the remains that was found to be Richard III, the grave assumed to be Alfred the Great was also exhumed. What does this have to do with The Great War? Nothing. But this picture was picked up on a news crawler and you maybe reading this because of social media.
“Some of the more than 200 pieces of World War I ammunition which emerged from a melting glacier on a Trentino mountain peak are seen, Aug. 31. Each piece weighs between 7-10 kilos, and the 85-100 mm caliber explosive devices were found at an altitude of 3,200 meters, when a once-perennial glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak partially melted due to a recent heat wave that reached into Italy’s highest peaks. The Finance Police Alpine rescue unit, operating in the area between Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio, saw brownish metal points emerging from the ice, got a fix on them via GPS, and then extricated the ordnance. The pieces were spread over a 100-square-meter area during series of battles fought between the armies of Austria-Hungary and Italy in northern Italy between 1915 and 1918. Disposal specialists returned to dispose of the munitions.”
Looking over the picture I am assuming this was an artillery position and not the site of a battle. If the news story is accurate those rounds could be either from an Austrian 10cm Feldhaubitze M.14 or 10cm Gebirgshaubitze M.16. I am leaning more to the howitzer, as I believe they would be more common at this altitude.
I am not guarantee that I am right, but it sounds good. To learn more on the Italian Campaign go to this site.
Let me know what you think.