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Name of Object:

'Air force'

Other name of the Object (second name):

An Italian cartoon stigmatising the Italian aerial bombing of Libyan villages

Name in original language:



Rome, Italy

Holding Museum:

State Library of Modern and Contemporary History

Holding Institution (original language):

Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea



Type of object:



Giuseppe Scalarini (1873-1948)


In 1911, in Libya, the newly founded Italian Air Force carried out the very first aerial bombing of civilian targets in world history. Italian anti-colonialists vocally stigmatised such practice, as Scalarini’s cartoon shows.

Archival or Bibliographical Reference:

Pasquino, n. 22, 1911

Citation of this web page:

Giulia Barrera "'Air force'" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;it;87;en&id=cartoons_and_caricatures

Prepared by: Giulia Barrera

MWNF Working Number: IT1 087