World War I


We are very pleased to make exchanges with the museum, so worthily represented by you, and believe that we will not be parsimonial with respect to the objects, if not but to favor the museum and contribute to the patriotic propaganda of the nation, and to the betterment of the epic past.” This is the response that Sir Goffredo Bellini received – related to a proposal he made to the director of the Italian War History Museum in Rovereto – in a letter dated June 13th, 1930.
The War Memorabilia Room appears in the typewritten inventory of the 1940s and includes finds related to World War I, the colonial wars, and that Spanish Civil War. The presence of these objects in Asola, even if far from battle fronts, was mainly thanks to Bellini’s collections. The conflicts of 1914 broke the patterns established of the Risorgimento, immediately presenting themselves as a mass war, with the mobilization of men that was greatly superior to the past, especially peasants from every region of Italy who were forced to abandon the countryside. The birth of light artillery, as well as the development and reinforcement of heavy artillery, changed the battle plans that were known up until then. The years of the Great War set the stage for a rapid acceleration in technological progress. In a very short time, methods of combat were revolutionized. The infantry companies in 1918 were completely different than those from 1914, in terms of organic structure, tactics, and equipment. In the collection, this progress in aviation is testified by the seat, steering wheel, and propeller of a reconnaissance aircraft, with a trademark sticker of the manufacturer, SAML (Società Anonima Meccanica Lombarda), which was based in Lombardy, in the city of Monza, and that began manufacturing the Austrian Aviatik model of reconnaissance biplanes in 1913.