Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 43
raisins were included in practically every meal.
The towns & railway stations and trains were crowded with troops in their grey-green uniforms with silver starred collars & short cape. Rome appeared to be full of officers clad in smart "avant guerre" uniforms & wearing many decorations. Saluting is carried out very strictly, 2nd Lieuts. saluting Lieutenants, Lieutenants Captains & so on.
The Italian language much resembles French and would, I feel sure, be very easy to pick up if one were living in the country for a short space of time. I managed to get hold of a few words and could catch fragments of conversation. French is spoken a great deal and is extremely useful in hotels, restaurants, shops & theatres as well as in social circles.