Alpine Warfare
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Alpine Warfare

When the Italian declaration of war was delivered on May 23, 1915, it plunged Austria-Hungary into a desperate situation. While this move by Italy did not come unexpected, almost all the forces of the Danube Monarchy were tied up on the Eastern Front and in the Balkans, where the Central Powers had in that year taken the initiative. Only weak, improvised forces were available to secure the 600-km long border with Italy, among them almost 30,000 militia reserves (Standschützen). By t…

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Storz, Dieter, “Alpine Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0013>
First published online: 2015



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