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.
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.
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 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 (including Vorarlberg) but also from other parts of the monarchy. 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
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”!
Birdhouses? No. Memorial tombstones.
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.
Forest vegetation has taken over in the most remote places.
Flowers were still covered in morning dew, even in 11h.
Doctors… died in Murmansk(Russia)…others in Finnland…
Some of the crosses have a treasury : a little door that hides the name and picture of the ones it’s been made for.
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.
…when people were still calling their sons “Adolph” (left)…and some spooky old style painted portrait(right).
Half face, half skull (left) missing in Romania since 1944(right)
Stained window of a side chapel (left) The main military chapel (right)
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
A friend I lost too soon recently. This post is for you, Ina.