Chapter Six. The Italian Front, 1915–18

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Giorgio Rochat Professor

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch6

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Rochat, G. (2010) The Italian Front, 1915–18, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Milan, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • The Italian Front, 1915–18;
  • Italian army - extension of the Piedmontese army;
  • roles of prewar army - completing national unity, counter-insurgency in war on banditry, army's pursuit of Italy's colonial agenda;
  • triple alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1882 - ending country's international isolation, offering counterweight to France;
  • Italian intervention and first offensives - May–December 1915;
  • battles in France, Franco-British offensives of 1915 - difficulties of advancing against modern defensive firepower;
  • first victim of Caporetto - Boselli government, October 25


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Italian Intervention and the First Offensives, May–December 1915

  • The Strafexpedition and the Battle of Gorizia, May–August 1916

  • The Watershed of 1917

  • The Last Year: November 1917–November 1918

  • The Italian Soldier

  • References and Further Reading