I was paid regularly and decently, so I could feed my family. The children were already going to school in Grkavac. If they study school, they won’t have to callus their hands with hard work. But after St. Vitus Day that year, everything changed.
The war began. I was dresses in the uniform of the imperial army and sent to Tyrol. I said goodbye to my family, kissed the children and went on a long journey with the army.” Burly Pero never returned from the Italian front. He died in one of numerous offensives of the Austro-Hungarian army. His sons did not attend school because they had to take care of the family.
¹ Glacis is an artificial slope around the fortress covered with gravel on which the enemy army has difficulty to move.
The story is a reconstruction of time with imaginary characters, based on old photographs and conversations with the local population about the lives of their ancestors in the described period.