110x80cm - Acrylic and Oil on canvas

"If a picture speaks a thousand words, his memories must speak millions..."
Mandie Taylor 

The Alpini (English: "Alpines") are the elite mountain warfare soldiers of the Italian Army.Formed in 1872, they are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. Their original mission was to protect Italy's northern mountain border with France and Austria. They distinguished themselves during World War I when they fought a three-year-long campaign in the Alps against Austro-Hungarian Kaiserjäger and the German Alpenkorps in what has since become known as the "War in snow and ice". During World War II, the Alpini fought alongside Axis forces principally on the Eastern Front and in the Balkans Campaigns.Currently, the Alpini are permanently engaged in Afghanistan.