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Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign (Kindle)

The Italian Front 1915-1918

WWI

By Zeljiko Cimpric, John Macdonald
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 15.4 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781781599310
Published: 2nd November 2011

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From May 1915 to October 1917 the armies of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire were locked into a series of twelve battles along the River Isonzo, a sixty-mile front from the Alps to the Adriatic. The campaign was fought in the most appalling terrain for combat, with horrendous casualties on both sides, often exceeding those of the more famous battles of the Great War. Yet this massive struggle is too often neglected in histories of the war which focus on the fighting on the Western and Eastern Fronts. John Macdonald, in this accessible and highly illustrated account, aims to set the record straight. His description of the Isonzo battles, of the battlefields and of the atrocious conditions in which the soldiers lived and fought is supported by a graphic selection of original photographs that record the terrible reality of the conflict.

'Certainly this is one to add to the bookshelf for anyone who wants to add to their knowledge of the Italian Front and for all those generally interested in the Great War. Highly Recommended 10/10.' Great War Magazine

'With its 130 or so excellent and previously unseen photographs gives a good description of the campaign based partly on the experience of individuals.'
The Military History Society

MacDonald gives us a concise, yet informative look not only at how the battles unfolded, within the framework of the greater war. He gives us some excellent looks at the respective armies, their equipment, organization, and evolution through the war, and at their commanders, most notably the inept and brutal Italian chief-of-staff Luigi Cadorna, incapable of understanding the nature of the war, and very able Svetozar Boroevic, an ethnic Croatian Austro-Hungarian general.

Read the complete review here.

Strategy Page, A. A. Nofi

This is certainly the best short account of the campaign, an useful for anyone looking for a quick introduction.

New York Military Affairs

I enjoyed this book, it is an easily readable introduction for the military history enthusiast to a lesser-known theatre of the Great War. It is well illustrated by many contemporary photographs and maps. The author’s fascination with the Isonzo campaign and fondness for the mountains, rivers and valleys forming the modern day border regions of Italy and Slovenia are apparent. I have no hesitation in recommending it.

Western Front Association, David Parmee - October 2015

This is a welcome book, it is noteworthy for an excellent collection of photographs, many of which are from archives in Slovenia and never published before.

The Long, Long Trail

The authors do a good job of explaining why the southern part of the front was so difficult – its plateaus were separated by ravines, lined with cliffs and generally made ideal defensive positions, as did the Isonzo valley. The large number of photographs are also very valuable in this respect, and give an impression of an incredibly difficult battlefield.

The chapters on the twelve individual battles were of particular interest to me, having struggled to find any detailed accounts of these battles in the past. This allows the different battles to come into focus rather than as eleven virtually identical Italian attacks and one massive Austro-Hungarian and German success. I wish I had this book when I was writing those articles!

History of War Website

With its 130 or so excellent and previously unseen photographs gives a good description of the campaign based partly on the experience of individuals.

The Military History Society

I must confess to knowing very little about the Italian Front and so this book stood out this month as being both well written and informative. It provides a fascinating insight into a conflict which was pivotal for Italy, Austria and the Balkans. From May 1915 to October 1917 the forces of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire were locked into a series of twelve battles along the river Isonzo, across a sixty mile front from the Alps to the Adriatic. Fought over the most appalling terrain with terrible casualties on both sides, the final battle at Caporetto was a devastating defeat for the Italians. Often neglected or skimmed over briefly in histories about the war, this book sets out in detail and with authority this side of the conflict, describing the Isonzo battles, the battlefields and the conditions in which the men lived and fought. The impact of the intervention of British, French and German troops along the front is also covered as well as the parts played by a number of famous and infamous individuals. Certainly this is one to add to the bookshelf for anyone who wants to add to their knowledge of the Italian Front and for all those generally interested in the Great War. Highly Recommended 10/10.

Great War Magazine

About John Macdonald

John Macdonald was a distinguished management theorist, consultant and lecturer who wrote many influential books on management, business and politics. His special interest in the Great War and the fighting on the Italian Front in particular was inspired by a visit to the battlefields in Slovenia and Italy, and he made an in-depth study of the Isonzo battles and the entire campaign. He completed this book shortly before he died in 2011.

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