North Face

North Face



Immediately after hostilities began, the Italian Army made a concerted effort to occupy the three peaks of the Adamello Massif in the far westerly sector of the war zone. Capturing the Adamello would give them command of the Trentino's Val de Genova and and an excellent series of observation posts at 3,000 meters altitude.

After Eighty Years Italian Artillery
Still Stands Guard

In April 1916, Alpini ski troops under Capt. Nino Calvi of the 5th Division successfully assaulted Austro-Hungarian strong points at Monte Fum and Lobbia Alta. On the 20th of the month, in a fierce battle that required extensive mountain climbing, his troops captured the remaining peaks giving Italy complete control of the massif. For the entire war, the Adamello would provide them a secure anchor on the left of their frontline.

Refuge at Lobbia Alta Today

Sources and Thanks: The images were found on the Parco Adamello website.

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