The Search for the Soldier Without a Name (Part 3) – Ten photographs

So here they are, ten photographs taken as trophies of war. Some of them are 79 years old, if the dates on the back of those photographs are correct.

Black and white pictures that through the World Wide Web and some help from fellow journalists are beginning to tell their story. As I have told in the two previous posts, my grandfather William Findlay Smillie took these photographs off a senior Italian officer during World War Two.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Morviducci has been able to decipher the faint pencil scratchings on the back of this photograph.

Fellow Star journalist Anna Cox helped with the translation

It reads: Ti sei indignato troppo nel posare è così?

Meaning: “Did you “undignify” yourself too much posing like this?

On the back of this photograph is the word Turin and the date 26 June 1933.

Google helped in tracking down the site where this photograph was taken.

That water feature is the Fontana dei 12 Mesi or the Fountain of the 12 months,in Turin.

The fountain HDR with Sigma 12-24

This is what it looks like today

Google Images also nailed where this picture was taken.

This is the Castello di Rivoli and that soldier passed by those arches on the right.

Perhaps this was taken in Abyssinia or somewhere in the Western Desert during World War Two.

The back reads Rivoli June 29 1933. That is the Castello di Rivoli in the background.

This is what is written on the back of this photograph:

BC scuola Allievi ufficiali gennaio 1933 servizio di ramazza

Meaning: BC School cadet officials January 1933 broom service.

Written on the back is

Rovigno d’Istria 25 aprile 1933 Nei dieci minuti di intervallo dopo la pulizia degli (????)

Rovigno dÍstria 25 April 1933 in the 10 minute interval/break after the cleaning of the (I believe it says automatic cannon)

Rovigno is now the sea side town of Rovinj in Croatia. In the 1930s the region was occupied by the Italian army.

Ten photographs that caught glimpses of the lives of a group of young soldiers at the height of fascist Italy.

These were the good years, ahead of them lay a war that I am sure changed their lives forever.

As I have said before, if you have any ideas in tracking who these nameless faces are, let me know.

About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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2 Responses to The Search for the Soldier Without a Name (Part 3) – Ten photographs

  1. Beautiful photographs, no help in identifying the individuals, thoroughly enjoyed the post all the same, thanks for writing, warmest regards.

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