Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign

The Italian Front 1915-1918

John Macdonald, Željko Cimprić

Date Published :
August 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
130 illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473845725
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


From May 1915 to October 1917 the armies of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire were locked into a series of twelve battles along the River Isonzo, a sixty-mile front from the Alps to the Adriatic. The campaign was fought in the most appalling terrain for combat, with horrendous casualties on both sides, often exceeding those of the more famous battles of the Great War. Yet this massive struggle is too often neglected in histories of the war which focus on the fighting on the Western and Eastern Fronts. John Macdonald, in this accessible and highly illustrated account, aims to set the record straight. His description of the Isonzo battles, of the battlefields and of the atrocious conditions in which the soldiers lived and fought is supported by a graphic selection of original photographs that record the terrible reality of the conflict.

‘Certainly this is one to add to the bookshelf for anyone who wants to add to their knowledge of the Italian Front and for all those generally interested in the Great War. Highly Recommended 10/10.' Great War Magazine

‘With its 130 or so excellent and previously unseen photographs gives a good description of the campaign based partly on the experience of individuals.'
The Military History Society

About The Author

John Macdonald was a distinguished management theorist, consultant and lecturer who wrote many influential books on management, business and politics. His special interest in the Great War and the fighting on the Italian Front in particular was inspired by a visit to the battlefields in Slovenia and Italy, and he made an in-depth study of the Isonzo battles and the entire campaign. He completed this book shortly before he died in 2011.


This is a welcome book, it is noteworthy for an excellent collection of photographs, many of which are from archives in Slovenia and never published before

- The Long, Long Trail , August 2015

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