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Tango0103 Jan 2022 10:37 p.m. PST

"The experience of the Italian soldier during the First World War was very similar to that of others on the western and eastern fronts. There was little movement by either side, conditions were harsh (made worse by the cold and bare rock at altitude), and losses were terrible. In addition, the Italian soldier often faced an enemy well dug in on higher ground, increasing the danger from artillery and sniping. Matters were made still worse however by the chief-of-staff, General Luigi Cadorna, who repeatedly ordered aggressive but unsophisticated assaults despite enormous casualties, resulting in little or no gain. With the gradual crumbling of the Central Powers in the later part of 1918 Italy finally made progress, but at the war's end around 460,000 Italians had been killed, mainly from the infantry…"



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