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.
” I don’t care if you ARE being discharged tomorrow, you still can’t stand inspection like that. ”
the caption reads : ” All is Fair in Love and War “.
Art by Adolfo Busi, circa 1920’s.
” What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.”
” Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. “