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Map of the Trentino, part of "Italia Irredenta," unredeemed Italy: Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and Alto Adige)
Text:
Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and Alto Adige)
Confine del Regno d'Italia
Conf.[ine] Geografico d'Italia
Confine fra Trentino e Alto Adige
Ferrovie
Tramvie
Ist. Geogr. De Agostini-Novara - Riproduzione Interdetta
Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and South Tyrol)
Border of the Kingdom of Italy
Geographic boundary of Italy
Border between Trentino and Alto Adige
Railways
Tramways
Geographic Institute of Agostini-Novara - Reproduction prohibited
Reverse:
Message dated December 14, 1917

Map of the Trentino, part of "Italia Irredenta," unredeemed Italy: Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and Alto Adige)

Image text

Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and Alto Adige)

Confine del Regno d'Italia

Conf.[ine] Geografico d'Italia

Confine fra Trentino e Alto Adige

Ferrovie

Tramvie

Ist. Geogr. De Agostini-Novara - Riproduzione Interdetta

Venezia Tridentina (Trentino and South Tyrol)

Border of the Kingdom of Italy

Geographic boundary of Italy

Border between Trentino and Alto Adige

Railways

Tramways

Geographic Institute of Agostini-Novara - Reproduction prohibited

Reverse:

Message dated December 14, 1917

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Although Russia was chiefly a European power, much of the country lay east of the Ural Mountains in Asia. After Turkey entered the war in October 1914, Vladivostock on the Pacific coast was Russia's only reliable, year-round port.

With a foothold in Europe that became a toehold after the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, Turkey was an aging but significant Asian power controlling much of Asia Minor and the Middle East. Turkey warred in the mountains in Eastern Turkey, territory from which Russia had been pushing Turkey for two centuries, where Christian and Moslem populations of Turks, Russians, Armenians, and Kurds mixed.

Russia, Britain and Turkey all had designs on Persia. British and Russian agreement on spheres of influence in 1907 helped ease friction between the two powers, and gave Britain access to the Persian oil that powered its newer, faster ships.

India was a British colony that supplied manpower to the Western Front, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, playing a significant role in Britain's war effort.

The French colonies of Indochine - Southeast Asia - provided laborers for the French war effort.

In China, the German concession of Kiautschau with its port city of Tsingtau was Germany's primary Asian colony and base for its East Asian Naval Squadron. The city fell to an British-Japanese siege on November 7, 1914.

Japan played little combat role in the war, but provided the Entente Allies with troop transports and light craft that patrolled the Mediterranean Sea. In August, 1918, a Japanese Red Cross Mission arrived in Great Britain to visit the Belgian, French, and Italian fronts.

Chinese laborers worked in Europe in support of the Allied war effort.

Asia is a continent.

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Places in Asia (6)

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China Country
Japan Country
Ottoman Empire Empire
Persia Country
Taurus Mountains Mountain Range
Zagros Mountains Mountain Range

Books about Asia (1)

Title Author Last Name Author First Name
Sardinian Brigade Lussu Emilio