Italian Alpini: a military troop or a cultural heritage?

Dec 05, 2017 554

The name Alpini in Italian means literally “alpines, people from the Alps”. This unusual name belongs to an elite mountain warfare military corps of the Italian army. The soldiers for this corps are recruited mostly from remote Alpine villages, so the major part of Alpini actually do “come from the Alps”.

Unlike other Italian corps, the “soldiers from the Alps” are famous not only for their military success but also for their traditional songs: peaceful ballads about the cruelty of war and about the beauty of the mountains. These songs, “canti Alpini”, as well as the soldiers from the Alps themselves, have became a part of the Italian cultural heritage.

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