The outbreak of the First World War, which Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922) defined as “pointless slaughter”, with its 16 million dead, changed the scene.
Don Lolli was called to enlist and took up service as chaplain in the Royal Army in Bologna and Ravenna. The defence line of the Piave was 200 kilometres away. Ravenna was, to all intents, an important zone behind the front line.
In those years, the knitwear workshop had to deal with a vast pile of orders from those who had to supply clothing and blankets to the army at war. By the end of the war, in 1918, more than a hundred women were employees of the workshop.