The region of
Nervesa della Battaglia in northern Italy was retaken from the Austro-Hungarians in June of 1918.
This photograph was taken as Italian forces returned to the region to survey the destruction.
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The recovered wreckage in 2007. X
On the 27
th of June, 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disappeared from the sky during a flight from Bologna to Palermo, Italy.
The plane crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea, killing all eighty-one people on board.
While it was concluded by British investigators that a bomb on the aircraft caused the disaster, to this day Italian officials insist a missile was fired at the plane.
The disaster occurred in the middle of a wave of terrorist acts to hit Italy (such as the
Bologna Bombing), fuelled by far left and right-wing groups in the country’s north.
This photograph, dated the 24th of June, 1918, shows Italian troops at 10am, waiting for battle.
They are in the
of Nervesa, in the northern Italian Veneto region, an area that was largely destroyed in battle in the days immediately before. commune
The soldiers retook the region from the Austro-Hungarians.
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Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini stands on the balcony of the
Palazzo Venezia in Rome to declare war on France and Great Britain on the 10th of June, 1940.
Meanwhile, in Turin in the north of the country, people gather in a piazza to listen to the declaration on the radio.
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This photograph is from Easter in 1865, which fell on the 16th of April. Pope Pius IX conducts Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
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Italy’s rapidly successful invasion of Albania, run by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, began on the 7th of April, 1939. The Albanian king,
was forced into exile, and the entire operation was complete only five days later, on the 12th.
Albania was made part of the Italian Empire, with its sea ports being considered important to the regime.
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Walter Tysall X
British Olympic gymnast Walter Tysall was born in Birmingham on the 3
rd of April, 1880.
At the age of twenty-eight Tysall competed in the individual all around competition at the 1908 London Olympic Games. He won the silver medal, with Italian Alberto Braglia winning gold and French gymnast Louis Ségura taking bronze.
Italian gold medallist Alberto Braglia
Though the British women’s gymnasts would go on to reach the Olympic podium a few years later, Tysall’s silver was the only medal won by a British male gymnast until 2008.
Tysall died in Ashton-on-Ribble in 1955.
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