The Italian Almanac

glacier

italian News - February 14

Austria agreed yesterday that the bodies of three Austrian soldiers who died in the First World War and were found well-preserved at the foot of an Italian glacier last year, would remain in Italy.

Austria's Black Cross, the branch of the national archives dealing with military deaths, signed an accord with the Mayor of the Italian town of Peio that the bodies would remain in the local cemetery where they were buried after their discovery, 86 years after their deaths. It is to be declared a military cemetery by the Italian defense ministry and any other soldiers' bodies found in the region will also be placed there.

The soldiers were found in the Trentino region, some 3,400 meters up a mountain called San Matteo. It is believed that the men died when they were attacked with grenades.