Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 45
British lines. There are two associations – Giovanni Esploratori and Associazone Scoutistica Catholica Italiana.
The climate of middle and southern Italy is dry and healthy and I found it quite a pleasant change from northern France & Belgium. The north is colder and the climate more changeable.
I saw practically no British military activity although there were R.T.Os. and A.P.Ms. at Turin, Milan, Rome, Genoa, etc. The English Divisions are well up north with their base near Padua (Padova).
Italy is busy raising a war loan (Prestito Nazionale) and attractive posters, large & small, are everywhere inviting the people to subscribe.
The towns contain numerous caffes & "bars"; not the drink shops as we know