Red Cross marks 150th battle anniversary

Published on June 29th, 2009 | by Admin


The Red Cross is marking the 150th anniversary of the battle which inspired its inception by Henri Dunant.

“Austrians and Allies trampling each other under foot, killing one another on piles of bleeding corpses, felling their enemies with their rifle butts, crushing skulls, ripping bellies open with sabre and bayonet. No quarter is given; it is a sheer butchery.”

At the end of the battle, the Austrians were defeated and 40,000 men lay dead or dying.

As Dunant discovered, and later recounted, little was done to care for the wounded.

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