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Monte Nero

On June 16th 1915, during World War I, battalions Exilles, Pinerolo, Susa and Fenestrelle of the 3rd Alpini Regiment, commanded by Colonel Donato Etna, during the night action occupied the summit of Monte Nero in the Julian Alps.
The action of the "Terzo Alpini" was mentioned by international press as an example of a brilliant war operation, but had a very high cost in terms of human lives. This anonymous song seems to have been written by the survivors. On the occasion the Italian Ministry of War awarded 164 medals, one every 10 men engaged in the operation.

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Spunta l'alba del quindici giugno
comincia il fuoco l'artiglieria
Terzo Alpini è sulla via
Monte Nero a conquistar
Terzo Alpini è sulla via
Monte Nero a conquistar
Here is the dawn of 15 June
artillery begins fire
3rd Alpini are on the way
Monte Nero to conquer
3rd Alpini are on the way
Monte Nero to conquer
 
Monte Nero monte rosso
traditor della vita mia
ho lasciato la mamma mia
per venirti a conquistar
ho lasciato la mamma mia
per venirti a conquistar
Black mountain red mountain
traitor of my life
I left my mother
to come and conquer you
I left my mother
to come and conquer you
 
Per venirti a conquistare
ho perduto tanti compagni
tutti giovani sui vent'anni
la lor vita non torna più
tutti giovani sui vent'anni
la lor vita non torna più
To come and conquer you
I lost so many friends
all youths about 20 years old
their lives will come back no more
all youths about 20 years old
their lives will come back no more
 
Colonnello che piangeva
a veder tanto macello
fatti coraggio Alpino bello
che l'onore sarà per te
fatti coraggio Alpino bello
che l'onore sarà per te
The Colonel was weeping
to see such slaughter
take heart o handsome Alpino
honour will be for you
take heart o handsome Alpino
honour will be for you