Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Giornico 1478

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Series:

Das Schweizerische Schulwandbilder Werk

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Giornico

Illustrator:

Patocchi, A.

Publisher:

Ernst Ingold & Co., Herzogenbuchsee

Year of publication:

1948

Themes:

War    European history   

The picture shows the battle near Giornico, on 28th of December 1478, in the today’s Canton Ticino. The Canton Uri fought against Milan for the valley of Leventina which is the main entrance to the Gotthard Pass. You can see the Swiss army, which in the narrow valley and under the wintry conditions has the advantage over the Milan army. They’re throwing boulders at the enemy in the valley. You can see the flag of the Canton Uri (black cow head on yellow background) and the Milan flag (white snake on red background).