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Italy in the Great War


Immortalised by Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms, the Italian front is perhaps most famous for the Battle of Caporetto which took place between 24th October - 19th November 1917. The Austro-Hungarian and German armies launched a gas attack during the early hours of 24th October, causing the Italians to retreat, but not before over six hundred troops were killed. A young Lieutenant Erwin Rommel was present during the battle, and Caporetto proved to be one of his first major successes.