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By Ian F.W. Beckett, Ian F. W. Beckett

The starting to be army, political and socio-economic expenses for all belligerents because the nice conflict entered its fourth 12 months have been more and more obtrusive, liberal democracies and authoritarian states alike having to remobilise public opinion for but larger sacrifices. whereas the Western entrance used to be dealing with those demanding situations, 1917 used to be additionally marked by means of the cave in of Tsarist Russia and by way of nutrition riots resuting either from the Entente's blockade of important Europe and the revival of unrestricted submarine war by way of the important Powers. Ottoman Turkey was once feeling the tension of warfare in addition, as British forces complex in either Palestine and Mesopotamia. For states as but uncommitted to battle, similar to the USA and China, 1917 used to be a yr of determination. This quantity amply illustrates the importance of this important 12 months within the international clash. The members are Lawrence Sondhaus, Eric Grove, Keith Grieves, Matthew Hughes, Kaushik Roy, Vanda Wilcox, Laura Rowe, and Nick Hewitt.

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133–61, provides the most detailed account of Lenin’s years in Austria. 44 Possony, Lenin, pp. 176, 179. 45 Asprey, German High Command, p. 306; Possony, Lenin, pp. 202–17. 20 lawrence sondhaus Soissons, built during the winter of 1916–17 across a broad salient in the front. The strategic retreat had the net result of shortening the front by 50 km, freeing up several divisions for the reserve or service elsewhere. Austria-Hungary likewise focused on defending the front in the Alps and along the Isonzo.

484–86, section 535. 29 The novelist C. E. Gadda, a lieutenant in the 5th Alpini group who was captured on 25 October, recorded in his diary the bitter accusations and anger with which prisoners from Caporetto were greeted by their fellow countrymen. Carlo Emilio Gadda, Taccuino di Caporetto: Diario di guerra e di prigione (ottobre 1917–aprile 1918) (Milan: Garzanti, 1991). 30 Giovanna Procacci, Soldati e prigionieri italiani nella Grande guerra (Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2000), pp. 511–12. 31 Moreover, while Italian observers were claiming that the troops had not fought, reports from the enemy suggested otherwise.

The first is an almost exclusively military question revolving around the two sides’ respective tactics. The question of the retreat to the Piave raises large scale strategic and political questions about Cadorna’s conception of the war, as well as revealing structural inadequacies in logistics, communications and command structures. This paper focuses instead on the first 48 hours of the battle, and the responses of senior Italian officers, in order to understand the central and controversial issue of how tactical defeat became strategic defeat, and how it happened so quickly.

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