It was the bloodiest battle since Waterloo. Yet the carnage wrought 150 years ago by the Italian and French troops, fighting under Napoleon III, and the forces of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, was overshadowed by its aftermath. While 30,000 had died on the battlefield, more than 40,000 succumbed to their injuries in the days following the fighting. The wounded and maimed sought aid in the northern Italian town of Castiglione—and re*ceived it, although the inhabitants were overwhelmed by the task. “Siamo tutti fratelli”—We are all brothers, the residents of the town said to both friends and foes. It
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