A place in the woods

Let me take you to a place to visit and remember
to young boys and men that died awhile ago for their fatherland.

Somewhere in the shade of the woods, up from the bus stop Schloss Ambras and at walking distance from the castle is the old military memorial cemetery (Landesgedächtnisstätte Tummelplatz Amras).

A bit of history :

The playground was previously reserved for the inhabitants of the castle Ambras for amusement and access for their riding horses. It´s now the resting place of 928 soldiers , who fought in the wars of 1797, 1799, 1801 and 1805/1806 and also those that died from their wounds in the field hospital of castle Ambras along with 5 women working as nurses.

In 1809 – after the liberation of Tyrol from Bavarian occupation, here were also buried those who died in the battles of Patshberg, Bergisel and in the Amras area.

In 1856 were buried here the soldiers that died in the garrison hospital in Innsbruck.

emerald water at the military cemetery , Innsbruck

emerald water at the military cemetery , Innsbruck

You can buy this photo at   stock-photo-vintage-fountain-with-running-water-in-emerald-tones-150345383   

There are three chapels (as far as I can remember) , I had the time to look only in two of them.

Two things I`ve found interesting in the first one :

1. The picture in the golden frame next to the cross is really lovely.

chapel in the military graveyard, Innsbruck

chapel in the military graveyard, Innsbruck

2. The artillery missiles on both sides of the memory signs. The signs say “in memory of the heroes of the three imperial regiments of gunners and the mounted imperial riflemen, 1922” and the second sign “The emperor Charles I of Austria, supreme colonel of the army, gave to the famous regiment the honorable name “imperial gunners.”

The Kaiserjäger (officially designated by the Imperial and Royal (k.u.k.) military administration as the Tiroler Jäger-Regimenter[1] or “Tyrolean Rifle Regiments”), were formed in 1895 as four normal infantry regiments within the Common Army ofAustria-Hungary. Despite the name “Tirol” in its title its members were not just recruited from the crown land of Tyrol[2] (including Vorarlberg) but also from other parts of the monarchy.[3] The regiments were disbanded in 1918 with the end of the k.u.k. monarchy. The word Jäger (meaning “hunter” or “huntsman”) is a characteristic term used for light infantry or light infantrymen in German-speaking military context.

Read more : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiserj%C3%A4ger

chapel in the military graveyard, Innsbruck

chapel in the military graveyard, Innsbruck

From 1866, in the first World War 1914/1918 , during and after the second World War relatives, organisations, students and war veterans erected countless crosses in memory of the those that have fallen in far away lands and resting on foreign ground to remind us of the meaninglessness and the crualty of wars. “Never forget”!

memorial crosses, military graveyard, Innsbruck

memorial crosses, military graveyard, Innsbruck

Birdhouses? No. Memorial tombstones.

memorial crosses, military graveyard, Innsbruck

memorial crosses, military graveyard, Innsbruck

military graveyard, Innsbruck

military graveyard, Innsbruck

Military cemetery, Innsbruck

Geez, it’s 01h and I need my sleep. Will continue tomorrow…

Ah, a beautiful morning. I like how the post has turned out so far. Photoshop – here I come! 🙂

Some crosses are tiled. No one to put them straight for long it seems.

Military graveyard, Innsbruck

Forest vegetation has taken over in the most remote places.

Military graveyard, Innsbruck

Flowers were still covered in morning dew, even in 11h.

military cemetery, Innsbruck

Doctors… died in Murmansk(Russia)…others in Finnland…

military cemetery, Innsbruck

Some of the crosses have a treasury : a little door that hides the name and picture of the ones it’s been made for.

military cemetery, Innsbruck

In memory of the imperial hunters battalion Herzegovina 1878.  The inscription at the inside says ” In memoriam of the camarades that died of exaustion in 1878 by the occupation of Herzegovina. Dedicated to the survivors.”

Those intricate crosses remind me of the head pieces that decorate the cows coming back from the alpine pastures in autumn for Almabtrieb.

Military cemetery , Innsbruck

…when people were still calling their sons “Adolph” (left)…and some spooky old style painted portrait(right).

military cemetery, Innsbruck

Half face, half skull (left) missing in Romania since 1944(right)

military cemetery, Innsbruck

military cemetery, Innsbruck

Stained window of a side chapel (left) The main military chapel (right)

Chapel in the military cemetery, Innsbruck

Military cemetery, Innsbruck

In memoriam of those that have fallen in the battle of Col di Lana

In memoriam of those that have fallen in the battle of Col di Lana

Taken from Wikipedia :
The Col di Lana is a mountain of the Fanes Group in the Italian Dolomites, situated in Livinallongo del Col di Lana (German: Buchenstein), a municipality of the Province of Belluno, in the Italian region of Veneto.
During World War I the mountain, alongside the neighbouring Monte Sief, was the scene of heavy fighting between Austria and Italy. It is now a memorial to the War in the Dolomites.
During the years of 1915/16, Italian troops from the 12th Infantry and the 14th Alpine Companies repeatedly attempted to storm the peak, defended first by the German Alpenkorps and later by Austrian regiments. These attempts resulted in heavy losses; 278 Italians died due to avalanches alone. On the 8th of November 1915 the Italians, under the command of t.col. Garibaldi conquered the summit but then could only mount a weak defence with rag-tag units against a well orchestrated pincer manoeuvre: the top of the Col di Lana fell back to Austrian troops early the next day. A terrible winter then settle in, doing it’s fair share of killing. However this is not the only reason that the Italians dubbed it “Col di Sangue”, “Blood Mountain”. Like all sides in the First World War, the Italian Army sought to conquer the summit with relatively large forces, paying a high price in casualties.
Lieutenant Caetani of the Italian engineers developed a plan for mining the peak, which was executed silently using hand-operating drilling machines and chisels. The Italians had used a similar method to attack Austrians holding one of Mount Tofano’s summits, but while most of the Austrian garrison survived the resulting blast, many Italians were killed by falling boulders and afterdamp. At the start of 1916, the Austrians learned through an artillery observer on Pordoi Pass that the summit had been mined. The Austrians began a counter mine, and exploded this on 5 April 1916. The counter mine was, however, too far away from the Italian explosive tunnel. This was laid with five tonnes of blasting gelatin. On the night of 16/17 April 1916, the 5th Company of the 2nd Tyrolean Kaiserjäger regiment was relieved by the 6th Company, under Oberleutnant Anton von Tschurtschenthaler. The struggle reached its zenith on the night of 17/18 April 1916, when at around 23:30 the summit was blasted. The Austrians under Tschurtschenthaler then had to surrender the mountain; however they were able to maintain a position on Monte Sief, which is linked to Col di Lana by a ridge, which was cut in two by a following Austrian mine, thereby obstructing the Italian breakthrough in the area.
Today a chapel stands on the summit as a memorial to the soldiers that fell in battle. The remains of a barracks and decaying gun and communications trenches have been left behind from the war. There is also a small war museum on the mountain. Read more > Col di Lana


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13 thoughts on “A place in the woods

      1. I am doing a law degree so haven’t had time for the camera as my studies are full On at the moment

    1. Heh, you’re observant . I have the 5DMkII now. The photos in this post were taken with it.
      I’m absolutely in love with this camera body plus the 50mm prime that I also got recently and is my default lens. Colors are vibrant and there’s almost no noise . As a bonus it makes stunning HD videos too 🙂
      Can you see a difference? I’m curious why you asked..

      1. Yes I can see a difference the photos are really good but saying that I’ve always thought your photos where excellent. That’s why I’m always reading you blog.
        The 5dmk11 has come down in price a lot here in Australia more than 50% from what it was at last year.

        It’s not only your photos that make your blog a good read its also the way you put a story with facts to the photos that make it a good read for me.
        Normally when I look at blogs I just scroll through and look at the photos not worrying about the writing. But your blog is different.

        Also me and my family are going to Europe next year so I want to ask you where do you recommend that we go we are starting in Germany and going to Spain and France but other than that we are not sure.


  1. Thank you for your appreciation. It means alot to me to keep this blog going.
    Where in Europe…before I can answer I have several questions. Have you been to Europe before? What are you interested in seeing and experiencing? How many days do you have for that? How will you travel around (rent a car,triain/bus)?

  2. No we have not been to Europe before. As I said we are going to Germany, Spain and France so far we would like to add maybe another 2-3 countries.
    We will satay in Europe for 1 1/2 months. We will drive everywhere. I have 4 Kids so I don’t want to be traveling day to day a lot I like to get to my destinations quickly as kids are difficult to travel with.

    Basically we will fly into Germany and go from there. I like to see some tourist attractions but prefer to do what local do in there own country as I find it more interesting and exciting.

    We will be in Germany next year not sure when yet, as I want to go to octoberfest but would also like to experience Christmas in Germany aswell because I’ve always thought it looks beautiful.

    I’ve never seen snow but my wife likes snowboarding which she does a lot of in Japan where she’s from when she goes there for her annual holiday.


    1. Ok 4 kids on the road sounds like a manager challenge. How old are they? I think the Christmas markets in Austria are not to be missed , for example the one in Vienna or Salzburg (very pretty and surrounded by palaces and castle) , Innsbruck, Kufstein. They are great as there is stuff for kids to dо there. Other than that, I’d skip the big cities tours. It’s just too much to ask from the kids. Kids happy , everybody happy 🙂 I have 2 of them, so I know.

  3. първият кадър е уникален… страшно много ми харесва…

      1. ти доволна ли си от продажбите си в Шътърсток? виждам, че там имаш профил…

  4. Ами аз имам лов/хейт отношения със шътърсток. Радвам се като се продават снимки , и се дразня като ми ги отхвърлят поради една или няколко от десетките технически причини. А всъщност It’s just business. До сега имам натрупани $148.95 от одобрени 71 снимки за 3 години откакто се записах. Да съм качила към 300-400. Ако искаш да се пробваш , да ти дам линк да се учим заедно…

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