Along the Isonzo line the Italians are attacking. The previous five Isonzo battles were disasters, but this time the Italians are enjoying astonishing successes. The Austro-Hungarians have had to thin their lines to send men to fight Brusilov’s offensive in Galicia; the depleted ranks remaining are unable to resist the Italian juggernaut.
Today Gorizia falls. The city has long been a target of Italian ambitions. Now it is largely deserted, a city in ruins.
Given the failures of the previous Isonzo battles, the current successes have caught the Italians by surprise. Now Cadorna orders a general assault in the hope of causing an Austro-Hungarian collapse. But the going may not be so easy now. The Austro-Hungarians are withdrawing to well-prepared positions. And with the Russian offensive in Galicia beginning to wind down, Conrad has been sending reinforcements to the Isonzo.
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