Vintage Postcard Humor: Italian Alpine Soldier


This postcard is based on a song that originated during World War I, among the Alpini Mountain Troops of the Italian Army — a specially trained force used for defending the Alps from invading armies.

Their uniform included a distinctive piece of headgear — a traditional hat, with emblem and a long black feather. (shown)

Their losses during World War I, which they call the “War of Snow and Ice”, were especially heavy — about 1/4 of their Corps were killed during the fight against the German-led Central Powers.

The song, “Quel Mazzolin Di Fiori” is about a girl who gathers flowers for her love, who is serving in the cold and icey mountain passes with the Alpini troops.