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Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign: The Italian Front 1915-1918 [Kindle Edition]

John Macdonald
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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. The twelfth and final battle, Caporetto, resulted in a devastating defeat for Italy and led to one of the greatest breakthroughs achieved during the entire conflict. 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. The impact of the intervention of British, French and German troops is covered, as are the parts played by famous individuals – among them Rommel, Mussolini, Badoglio and Cadorna, the notorious Italian commander in chief. But it is the front-line experience of the common soldiers on both sides that is most powerfully portrayed. Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign gives a fascinating insight into a conflict that was a pivotal moment in the history of Italy, Austria and the Balkans.

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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3997 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (13 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE7DED4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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Fascinating insight to the battles of the Izonzo. Having both Italian and Slovenian ancestry I’d always wanted to know more about this part of the war but not being a history buff nor interested in slogging through more academic texts I found this book both easy to read and highly educational. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I look forward to visiting the Kobarid museum on my next trip to Slovenia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED 14 Feb. 2013
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GOOD RESEARCH, GOOD WRITING VERY EDUCATIONAL. HAD NOT REALISED ITALIANS HAD FOUGHT SUCH BLOODY BATTLES IN WWI WITH SUCH CASUALTIES.
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Has the basic facts which is what matters, and the details and geology of the mountains is interesting. Maps are a bit indistinct which is to be expected.
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