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

ISBN-10: 9004171398

ISBN-13: 9789004171398

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 glaring, 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 via the cave in of Tsarist Russia and via foodstuff riots resuting either from the Entente's blockade of imperative Europe and the revival of unrestricted submarine battle through the primary Powers. Ottoman Turkey was once feeling the stress of warfare besides, as British forces complicated in either Palestine and Mesopotamia. For states as but uncommitted to conflict, equivalent to the us and China, 1917 was once a 12 months of selection. This quantity amply illustrates the importance of this significant 12 months within the international clash. The individuals are Lawrence Sondhaus, Eric Grove, Keith Grieves, Matthew Hughes, Kaushik Roy, Vanda Wilcox, Laura Rowe, and Nick Hewitt.

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45 While awaiting the results of their initiatives on the home front, at sea, and inside Russia, the High Command of the Central Powers resolved to stand on the defensive during 1917. In February German troops on the Western Front began their planned withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, 160 km of formidable defensive works stretching from Arras to 43 Stefan T. Possony, Lenin: The Compulsive Revolutionary (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1964), pp. 133–61, provides the most detailed account of Lenin’s years in Austria.

15 The third corps which suffered most in the opening stages of the battle was XXIV Corps under the command of Enrico Caviglia, who was substantially responsible for the successful conquest of the Bainsizza plateau in August 1917. He held his corps together relatively well during the retreat from Caporetto, losing ‘only’ some 15,000 men, but due to a personality clash with Badoglio he did not prosper subsequently. 16 He shared Cadorna’s view that no serious attack was intended in the upper Isonzo but merely a diversionary operation while the main Austro-German thrust would come in the Trentino.

202–06. 33 A. Krauss, Die Ursachen Unserer Niederlage. Erinnerungen und Urteile aus dem Weltkriege. (Munich, 1921) cited in Cavaciocchi, Un anno al comando, p. 120. 34 See Bruna Bianchi, “La grande guerra nella storiografia italiana dell’ultimo decennio,” Ricerche Storiche XXI, 3 (1991), pp. 698–745. 36 The tactical skill of the German troops and commanders was matched only by the ineptitude and command inadequacies of their Italian opposite numbers. 37 XXVII Corps was deployed opposite the key bridgehead at Tolmino, protecting a crucial crossing point over the Isonzo and controlling the road to Cividale del Friuli, one of the region’s major towns.

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