Along the Isonzo line the Italians have been shelling the Austro-Hungarians for the last three days. Italian aeroplanes have also hit targets behind the enemy lines. Now it is the turn of the infantry to attack. In this Third Battle of the Isonzo Italy’s Cadorna is sending his men forward to the north and south of Gorizia in the hope of capturing this enemy-held town.
However, the Austro-Hungarians are waiting for the Italians. The Italians struggle to advance uphill in the face of determined enemy fire. And the Austro-Hungarian barbed wire is still largely intact; Italy has many artillery pieces but they mostly fire shells too light to damage the enemy’s barbed wire.
So the breakthrough the Italians are hoping for fails to materialise. They do at least manage to take the Big Trench, an especially strong Austro-Hungarian position on the slopes of Mount Mrzli, but elsewhere their gains are minimal and paid for in oceans of blood.