The Italian Army of World War I

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The Italian Army of World War I

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The dilemma of the young Italian kingdom and the experience of her army in World War I (1914-1918) were unique among the combatant nations. Late to enter the war against the Central Powers, she faced a massively defended Austro-Hungarian front in the north, including strong mountain features, as well as distractions in the Balkans and a simultaneous rebellion in her Libyan colony. Costly and repeated battles on the Isonzo front culminated in the disaster of Caporetto in October 1917, followed by a remarkable revival and eventual victory in 1918. This concise study describes and illustrates the Italian Army's campaigns, organisation, uniforms, weapons and equipment – including the famous 'death companies' and Arditi assault troops.

Table of Contents

Italy and the Great Army; Chronology; Mobilisation, Strength & character; line Infantry; Elite & Specialist units; Weapons; Cavalry & Mechanised troops; technical troops; Support troops; Colonial & naval troops; Select bibliography & further reading; the plates; Index

Product details

Published Mar 25 2003
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841763989
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 44 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 387
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…

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Raffaele Ruggeri

Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he stil…

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