French Memorial of PederobbaFrench Memorial of Pederobba

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This solid mausoleum contains the bodies of a little more than 1,000 French soldiers fallen during the fightings in Italy.

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As a result of the disaster of Caporetto (oct - nov 1917), the Italian army was forced to move back more than 150km and a new defensive front was established on the Piave river on the latest alpine hills (Monte Grappa). To fill the holes in the Italian defence, French and British troops were sent as reinforcements. The French sent six divisions stationed in the area of Bassano.

Between 1917 and 1918, the French provided nearly 130.000 men, who gave a decisive and significant support to the outcome of the conflict for the Italian army. In particular can be mentioned the 47th Alpine hunters division, which reconquered the mount Tomba on the 30th December 1917. Other elements took part to the Asiago fightings in 1918.

In exchange, since April 1918, the Italians sent to France the 2d Army Corp with 2 divisions. They suffered heavy losses : 4,375 dead and 6,359 injuries.

The sanctuary of Pederobba hosts approximately 1,000 French soldiers who were previously buried in many cemeteries in the region : Asiago, Castelfranco, Conco, Dolegna del Collio, Marostica, Maser, Montecchio Maggiore, Pagnano d’Asolo, Pederobba, San Appolinare of Asolo, San Vito Valdobbiadene, Verona, Vicenza (only to cite the most important of them)...

Built since 1936, the sanctuary of Pederobba was erected in memory of the italo-french armies fraternity, symbolized by representations of France and Italy taking on their knees a French dead soldier.

Approved by Marshal Petain, the monument was inaugurated in 1937 in the same time as the Italian Bligny Memorial near of Verdun, where 3,453 Italian soldiers fallen in France are buried.

And yet, 3 years later, on 21 June 1940, Italy declared war to France, which was already slaughtered by the German armies.

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Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

10 minutes.

Entry fees: 

Free.