Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 42
men one sees are in the grey-green uniform of the Italian army (private's pay 5d. per diem). There are some very pretty women but they do not dress as well as the Parisiennes. I was surprised in Turin & Milan – we do not associate red hair & blue eyes with this country. The Romans are dark and the Napolitans darker still.
Food seems fairly plentiful in hotels & restaurants although I noticed people lining up in food queues in different places (there is not too much bread & sugar available). The Italian meal consists of fewer courses than the French but each is more plentiful. Plenty of macaroni & spagetti, of course, although other dishes can be substituted if one does not fancy these more or less tasty edibles. Wine, fruit, nuts &