The Battle Of Italy: The Causes Of World War I

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As the conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary arose over land dispute, World War I was just beginning. The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Austria-Hungary had sparked the war. However, the war had between the two nations had greatly escalated as alliances started to join. At that that time, Italy was just a neutral country until it was dragged into the war due to the alliance. Many would argue that the nation of Italy had served no real purpose in World War I, however, without the help of Italy, World War I would have not ended in the way it was. Italy at first glance began as a country in which their main policy consisted of neutrality just as Belgium. The king, Victor Emmanuel III, had wanted Italy to have no affiliation …show more content…
The same can be said as for the Kingdom of Italy. italy had suffered many losses through the infamous stalemate between Austria-Hungary and Italy. In fact, such losses had overwhelmed their victories. Italy had suffered major losses in the Battle of Isonzo which comprised of eleven battles. These battles had consisted Austria-Hungary and Italy from June 1915-September 1917. The purpose of the battle was to drive the Austrians away from Italy along the Isonzo and other mountains. It is noted that the Italian army was greater than that of Austria yet still lost due improper planning and tactics. Each nation would gain little advance at the cost of thousands of casualties thus making it a stalemate. Overall, Italy had suffered 470,129 casualties during the 11 battles for little gain thus devastated Italy. Italy had also suffered a loss in the Battle of Caporetto. The battle took place from October 24 to November 12, 1917 in Kobarid, Austria-Hungary. Yet, the battle had consisted of the Triple Alliance against Italy rather than just the nation of Austria-Hungary. The Battle of Caporetto served as a demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of infiltration tactics and chemical warfare. Reinforced by the German Army, Austria-Hungary was able to break the Italian front and rid of the Italians. Moreover, the Germans had also used poison gas in order to destroy the Italy’s second army. Overall, Italy had suffered losses continuously which devastated their army but it was not in vain as the few victories in which they secured would mean that Italy would be victorious in World War I. If only the Italians had proper planning and tactics, they would have easily won with a small number of

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