Ernest Hemingway recuperates from wounds in Milan, 1918.
"With little to do in his sector of the front (the last Austro-Hungarian offensive on the Italian front took place 15–22 June), Hemingway volunteered to run a rolling canteen near Fossalta on the Piave, where the action was more intense. On the night of 8 July he was severely wounded by an Austrian trench mortar shell. Transferred to the American Red Cross Hospital, he spent the summer and fall in Milan recovering from the more than 200 wounds to his legs—a time that would be significant for both personal and literary reasons." - Sandra Spanier, Introduction to The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume I 1907 - 1922