A stunning project to create detailed map collecting data and information on 150 battles fought in Italy from the Roman Age until the WW2 is carried out by an Italian military history and cartography enthusiast and researcher.
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Main objective: creating a map of all Italian battlefields from the Roman Age until the WW2. Theatre of War will be a journey through unusual landscapes and lost history.
There are more than 150 places in Italy where battles were fought. I have collected all available information and I have designed a prototype of a detailed map. Now I would like to complete and print it so that it can be offered to tourists, students and other interested readers. The map will be 100x70 cm (27" x 39"), it will represent Italy with the main roads, the most important cities and geographical features highlights. The battles will be marked with a system of icons and numbers that refer to a legend printed on the back, with a brief description of the battles. Each historical period is identified by a different color in order to provide an easy identification. It is also indicated if and when the event foresees a Reenact. On the back there is also a box with the names of major contributors.
The Book of Battles
With the map will be also produced a digital booklet with the detailed description of 12 battles and their historical periods, accompanied by battle maps specifically designed. In addition to the historical data you will find other useful touristic information.
Battles in Italy have been frequent events, common in all ages; they have shaped our history. The places where the battles have been fought are very interesting, they hide very different landscapes, and unfortunately they areoften forgotten. We would like to restore and to increase their big historical value. A map like that has never been produced until now and we strongly think this could be the right tool to disseminate this unusual part of Italian history: simple, cheap, easy to produce, to take with you while traveling or to hang to the wall.
The money will be used to complete the prototype, translate the texts into English, print and deliver about 1000 copies of the map itself. Having working hard for several years on this project, I hope to be successful in order to allow further research and development. There are other battles to be studied. I think the map can be a good starting point, a first step towards enhancement of places too long forgotten in my country. Later it could be possible to add more places, more in-depth descriptions and maybe even an APP for mobile devices.
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