22. Great War: Doss Casina and Dosso Alto
A hike through some of the First World War sites where the Italian Futurists fought
This area bears many traces of the First World War. Malga Zures, fortified by the Austro-Hungarians with a complex system of tunnels was a particularly important point on the Front and the target of a particularly violent assault by the Italian army in 1915. The position was held by the imperial troops until the end of the war, but the Italians took up position in the immediate vicinity at Doss Casina (which became the hub of the Italian front line), as well as Doss Remit and Dosso Alto.
During the early months of the war, a number of Italian Futurists who belonged to the Voluntary Cyclist and Automobile Driver Battalion were posted at Doss Casina: these included Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Mario Sironi, Luigi Russolo, Antonio Sant'Elia and Antonio Bucci. For them, the experience on the Front was an unforgettable experience which they speak about in their private correspondence and diaries but also in their sound poetry and the “Manifesto of Futurism – Italian Pride”.