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The bodies of soldiers killed during a a little known but spectacular episode of World War I are turning up as glaciers melt around the small Italian ski resort of Peio.

The mummified bodies of two blue-eyed Austrians with bullet holes in their skulls were discovered in September near the village that was the scene of heavy fighting between Austro-Hungarian troops and the Italian army during the so-called "White War," The Telegraph reported.

"For both sides the worst enemy was the weather, which killed more men than the fighting. At those altitudes, the temperature could fall to -30C, and the ‘white death’ — death by avalanche — claimed thousands of lives," the British newspaper noted.

Read more on this story from The Telegraph.