By David Nicolle
The quandary of the younger Italian state and the adventure of her military in global warfare I (1914-1918) have been designated one of the combatant countries. overdue to go into the conflict opposed to the imperative Powers, she confronted a vastly defended Austro-Hungarian entrance within the north, together with powerful mountain positive aspects, in addition to distractions within the Balkans and a simultaneous uprising in her Libyan colony. high priced and repeated battles at the Isonzo entrance culminated within the catastrophe of Caporetto in October 1917, by means of a striking revival and eventual victory in 1918. This concise examine describes and illustrates the Italian Army's campaigns, corporation, uniforms, guns and gear – together with the well-known 'death businesses' and Arditi attack troops.