10/10/1916 The Eighth Battle: Italy attacks again on the Isonzo

Another battle of the Isonzo begins, the Eighth. The Italians are attacking the Austro-Hungarians once more on the Carso plateau and also further to the north. The Austro-Hungarians have been subjected to a heavy artillery bombardment since the start of the month, intensifying to what the Italians are calling “annihilation fire” yesterday. Unfortunately the shelling is still considerably less intense than a typical pre-assault bombardment on the Western Front, meaning that many Austro-Hungarian positions are still relatively intact.

Now the Italian infantry move forward. The Austro-Hungarians hold them on the Carso, but further to the north they have less luck. Here the Italians manage to push them back several kilometres. The battle hangs in the balance: after the repeated batterings they have received, the Austro-Hungarians may be about to crack. If Cadorna can keep up the pressure, he might just be able to achieve the great victory that has thus far eluded him.

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Italian troops with captured Austro-Hungarian gun, from the Seventh Battle (Wikipedia)

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