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Isonzo: The Forgotten Sacrifice of the Great War

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This is the first account in English of a much-overlooked, but important, First World War battlefront located in the mountains astride the border between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Not well known in the West, the battles of Isonzo were nevertheless ferocious, and compiled a record of bloodletting that totaled over 1.75 million for both sides. In sharp contrast ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Praeger Publishers
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'Aussie Rick'
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
John R. Schindler's outstanding book on the numerous battles fought along the Isonzo River during the Great War is one of the best military history accounts I have read for some time. The Isonzo River ran between the then warring nations of Italy and Austria (Habsburg Empire) and saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War One. According to the author over 1.75 million men became casualties during the numerous offensives fought along this river and upper valley and should be placed along suc ...more
DoctorM
Excellent narrative account of the endless, grinding battles along the Isonzo River on the Italian Front during the Great War. For far too many people in the US and Great Britain, the Great War is simply (and simplistically) a kind of absurdist "Blackadder Goes Forth" version of the trench warfare in northern France and Belgium. The Eastern Front is given attention only as a vague background for the Russian Revolution, and the Balkan and Italian fronts are almost forgotten. Schindler's "Isonzo: ...more
Carol Smith
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This is a detailed, straightforward, cleanly delivered account of a much-overlooked WWI theater. Far from a minor sideshow, the Isonzo Front ruthlessly swallowed up millions of lives on both the Italian and Austrian sides. The casualty figures start to look like pinball scores after a few chapters. What a waste. War is truly hell.

All the major battles are covered in meticulous detail and the strategies of the opposing generals (reckless and uninformed tactics in the case of Cadorna) are coolly a
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Anne Cupero
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As books about WWI go, this was terrific! So much information about what was to the major scheme of things, a "small battle" although it was not small in losses, or in effort. I have read many more voluminous books on WWI and wanted one to focus on this series of battles, and this fit the bill. It was thorough, full of little tidbits on the various players, and satisfying. The one problem was that the pictures were poor quality and it was tough to use them to get a real feel for the battlefield. ...more
Cropredy
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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I didn't know much detail about the Austro-Italian front except that the two sides fought multiple battles in and around the Isonzo River with high casualties and not much result. What made this book interesting was the in depth coverage of why Italy got into WW I and how the politicians and generals persisted in the fruitless assaults for Italy's "honor". Coupled with MacMillan's "1919 - The Paris Peace Conference", the whole history of Italy during the second decade of the Twentieth Century in ...more
Betsy
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A detailed account of the twelve campaigns on the Isonzo, this book is somewhat slow moving in places. I did gain a great deal of knowledge and respect for the soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who successfully defended this rugged terrain until 1918. Their Italian counterparts also served valiantly under questionable leadership. I appreciated the material on the battlefields today, and the maps although they were slightly primitive in nature.
Anil
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the author covered the topic with very good details. the book covers pre-war situation in Italy and explains why Italy went to war on Austria which was an ally along with German Empire. you will be shocked when you find out how many people was murdered by the irresponsible military officers and politicians. strongly recommended for ww1 enthusiasts especially who want to learn about Italy-Austria front between 1915 and 1918.
John
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-history
Good review of the Italian Front in WWI.
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