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'This is the book which we have been waiting for … a proper history of the Italian army in the First World War. Written by a scholar who knows the archives, but in English for those who don't, it will be the standard work for the foreseeable future.' Hew Strachan, University of Oxford

'An outstanding work of military history: highly impressive in the range of the sources that it uses, and exemplary in its judicious approach to the strengths and weakness of the army's performance in the First World War and to the merits and demerits of country's political and military leaders.' Christopher Duggan, University of Reading

'How Italy fought the First World War is a little-known but deeply tragic tale of political mismanagement, military malpractice and doomed valour, told by John Gooch with characteristic skill and erudition.' Macgregor Knox, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Major new account of the role and performance of the Italian Army in the First World War. Setting military events in a broad context, Gooch explores pre-war Italian military culture, and reveals how an army with a reputation for failure fought a challenging war in appalling conditions - and won.

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Well Done Research and Superb Insights 2. August 2014
Von SanFran JT - Veröffentlicht auf
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Excellent study of the Italian Army in WWI and perhaps an enlightening one for those little familiar with Italy's combat performance. Fighting in some of the most rugged conditions imaginable in the north, facing the towering, snow covered landscape of the Dolomites, these soldiers fought the enemy with courage and determination. Reinforced by German troops and with superior commanders such as a young Erwin Rommel leading them, the Austrians advanced with major breakthroughs that almost reached Venice. However, those successes and Italian retreats do not justify the unfair reputation for failure these brave men supposedly earned during the Great War. In this well written book, based on fresh archival research, offers new insights into the Italian Army, the ordinary soldier, the elite Alpine troops, and the poor leadership that caused their near defeat. A fascinating and satisfying volume that is essential reading for anyone wishing to broaden their understanding of the Great War, the Allies, and this unique theater of war.
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Italy-WW I, 1915-1918, talk about a country and a people totally ill prepared for the worst confrontation in history up to that time.
The first problem was culture, the next were basically an inept high command, outdated strategy, wasteful meaningless attacks in one of the most inhospitable places in the world, the Alps located between Italy and it's arch enemy, Austria. This author points out the Italian infantry as brave as any of the combatants, who's worst enemy was his own command structure. Executions of those deemed cowardly or just set up as an example, were higher than any other army. The author does a wonderful job in bringing forward the Italian experience during WW I, something that has been relegated by history to the back pages. The slaughter in this formidable, unforgiving mountain terrain was one of the bloodiest campaigns of WW I. Casualties exceeded the Western Front caused by frostbite, falls from heights, shrapnel caused not only by shell fire but rock splinters. For those of who are unfamiliar with the history of Italy during WW I, I highly recommend this book, well written and very informative.
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Gooch has written an excellent book. He covers all the important aspects of ... 14. November 2014
Von W.J. O'Malley - Veröffentlicht auf
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Gooch has written an excellent book. He covers all the important aspects of the Italian army's effort in the First World War -- the experience and lessons gained (and ignored) beforehand; the relevant social and political elements; the structural and technological problems; the leadership issues; intelligence capability; and, of course, the major events the army went through. And much of this is done with real flair. If the rest of this series lives up to Gooch's standards, we readers will be in for a treat, and for some eye-opening insights as well.

So I give Gooch the author full credit, and the book deserves every one of the five stars. But the editors have let him down unbelievably, for the maps are simply terrible -- too few, poorly placed, insufficiently detailed, bordering on the useless. If the editors had been in the army Gooch is treating, with its harsh disciplinary regime, they'd have been shot. And deservedly so.
I have now a better idea of the challenges faced by the Italian Army 18. Oktober 2014
Von Jean-pierre Petits - Veröffentlicht auf
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I knew very little about the part Italy played in World War I. But that is changing thanks to that book. I have now a better idea of the challenges faced by the Italian Army, caught in a web of political masters paralysing it, mixed messages and mandates, poor training, terrible shortages for its equipment and horrendous first general a cruel and insensitive man a real burtcher who should have been shot down on place. Now I am going to read about how they managed their first attacks againts the Austrians who were slightly better but barely.
Another fine work in the Armies of the Great War 19. Dezember 2014
Von Eric J. Hartsfield - Veröffentlicht auf
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An excellent history of the fighting in Italy during the First World War.It provides a good background on the political, diplomatic and military situation before Italy's entrance in the war and a great overview of the actual fighting. Thus far I have found the entire series Armies of the Great War to be outstanding.
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