The White War

The White War

Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919

Book - 2009
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In May 1915, Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire. Nearly 750,000 Italian troops were killed in savage, hopeless fighting on the stony hills north of Trieste and in the snows of the Dolomites. To maintain discipline, General Luigi Cadorna restored the Roman practice of decimation, executing random members of units that retreated or rebelled.

With elegance and pathos, historian Mark Thompson relates the saga of the Italian front, the nationalist frenzy and political intrigues that preceded the conflict, and the towering personalities of the statesmen, generals, and writers drawn into the heart of the chaos. A work of epic scale, The White War does full justice to the brutal and heart-wrenching war that inspired Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms .

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780465013296
Branch Call Number: 940. 4145 THO
Characteristics: x, 454 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map, ports.


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Dec 09, 2011

A fantastically written account of the Italian-Austrian front of WWI. This is a combat area that is rarely discussed, and is still part of Italy's fraudulant self-history of grandeur that fed and defends later fascism.

Both sides are discussed, and in a mostly balanced way. I really ejoyed reaing this history. Worthwhile for anyone interested in WWI, Italian history, Austria-Hungarian Empire, or the beginning of the Baltic States.

May 17, 2010

A detailed, facinating account of this front which was unpublished until 2005. Unfortunately the map references included are poor and do little to aid the reader in following many events.

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