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Author: John Gooch
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 31, 2014)
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The Italian Army and the First World War (Armies of the Great War) by John Gooch



How Italy fought the First World War is a little-known but deeply tragic tale of political mismanagement, military malpractice and doomed valour, told by John Gooch with characteristic skill and erudition. Macgregor Knox, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gooch, John, ‘Morale and discipline in the Italian army, 1915–1918’, in Cecil, Hugh and Liddle, Peter, ed. Facing Armageddon: The First World War Experienced (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 1996), pp. 434–47. Gooch, John, Mussolini and his Generals: The Armed Forces and Fascist Foreign Policy, 1922–1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Hastings, Selina, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham (London: John Murray, 2009). Hess, Robert . ‘Italy and Africa: Colonial ambitions in the First World War’, Journal of African History vol. 4 no. 1, 1963, 105–26. Heywood, Geoffrey . Failure of a Dream: Sidney Sonnino and the Rise and Fall of Liberal Italy 1847–1922 (Florence: Fondazione Luigi Einaudi/Leo S. Olschki, 1999).

With the centenary of the First World War now well and truly upon us, it is unsurprising to see a plethora of works relating to the subject’s seemingly innumerable facets hit one’s ever-expanding bookshelves. The central aim of this work is to assess the combat capability and performance of the Italian army during the war, with reference to a variety of contextual factors that shaped this narrative.

Armies of the Great War). Setting military events within a broader context, the book explores pre-war Italian military culture and the interactions between domestic politics, economics and society.

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Setting military events within a broader context, the book explores pre-war Italian military culture and the interactions between domestic politics, economics and society. In a unique study of an unjustly neglected facet of the war, John Gooch illustrates how General Luigi Cadorna, a brutal disciplinarian, drove the army to the edge of collapse, and how his successor, general Armando Diaz, rebuilt it and led the Italians to their greatest victory in modern times. Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War. Vanda Wilcox.

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When Italy entered World War I in May 1915 most of the army demonstrated the enthusiasm seen in other belligerent countries back in August 1914. Here men of the Sanità or Medical Corps have painted the name ‘Trento’ on the side of their railway wagon – this was a region which Italy hoped to liberate from the Hapsburg Empire. 1 See MAA 325, French Foreign Legion 1914–45. After their incorporation into the Alpi and Re Brigades, some members of those formations are reported to have continued.

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Late to enter the war against the Central Powers, she faced a massively defended Austro-Hungarian front in the north, includi. Users in the USA and Canada please select your location at the top of this page to see prices in your currency. Users in the UK and the Rest of the World will be billed in GBP. Availability: In stock. eBook (ePub) 9781782006930.

This is a major new account of the role and performance of the Italian army during the First World War. Drawing from original, archival research, it tells the story of the army's bitter three-year struggle in the mountains of Northern Italy, including the eleven bloody battles of the Isonzo, the near-catastrophic defeat at Caporetto in 1917 and the successful, but still controversial defeat of the Austro-Hungarian army at Vittorio Veneto on the eve of the Armistice. Setting military events within a broader context, the book explores pre-war Italian military culture and the interactions between domestic politics, economics and society. In a unique study of an unjustly neglected facet of the war, John Gooch illustrates how General Luigi Cadorna, a brutal disciplinarian, drove the army to the edge of collapse, and how his successor, general Armando Diaz, rebuilt it and led the Italians to their greatest victory in modern times.
Reviews: 7
Arilak
The narrative is clearly written and moves right along. The story is told solely from Italy's perspective. The author has a nice bibliography, but his sources are limited to Italian and English ones. Nothing from the Austrian archives nor the voluminous Austrian memoir collection. The Austro-Hungarian official history of the war has an unauthorized but good translation on the internet. I used the map volume to follow the action. The maps in the Gooch book were not of much value owing to the fact the units are not placed on the maps. We have borders and towns but no units. That is not much help.
Vudozilkree
Recommended for the general reader. This book provides a wealth of background information on Italian politics and social developments after unification and European diplomacy in the late 19th century, all of which provides the context for the uncertain development of the Italian Army in the face of a dubious military tradition (e.g. the great defeats at Custoza and Adowa), war-mongering politicians and chronic under-funding that severely impacted operations, preparedness and modernization. The author also documents how the inadequate and malignant leadership of Count Cadorna brought the Army to the verge of total collapse in the wake of the battle of Caporetto, as well as its almost miraculous recovery under his successor, Armando Diaz.
Mr_Mole
This is a Highly detailed and comprehensive book about Italian Political and Social issues that have adversely affected the Italian Nation and it's Armed Forces. Italy was a new nation formed in 1870 and unlike the strong Prussian State that Unified Germany at the same time, the Italian state was created by the Francophile, Piedmont Crown. The book goes to explain that the issues with Italian military lie with Socio-Politico of Italian landscape and that Italians are brave soldiers when properly led, motivated and given a reason to fight. Excellent, detailed book, the action moves along nicely. Only regret is I wish there were more Maps and Battle Maps w/ Army Groups and movements of armies, etc.
Malara
Italy-WW I, 1915-1918, talk about a country and a people totally ill prepared for the worst confrontation in history up to that time.
The first problem was culture, the next were basically an inept high command, outdated strategy, wasteful meaningless attacks in one of the most inhospitable places in the world, the Alps located between Italy and it's arch enemy, Austria. This author points out the Italian infantry as brave as any of the combatants, who's worst enemy was his own command structure. Executions of those deemed cowardly or just set up as an example, were higher than any other army. The author does a wonderful job in bringing forward the Italian experience during WW I, something that has been relegated by history to the back pages. The slaughter in this formidable, unforgiving mountain terrain was one of the bloodiest campaigns of WW I. Casualties exceeded the Western Front caused by frostbite, falls from heights, shrapnel caused not only by shell fire but rock splinters. For those of who are unfamiliar with the history of Italy during WW I, I highly recommend this book, well written and very informative.
Drelalak
A good overview of the socio/political/historical motivations Italy before and during WW1; as well as the grand strategy of the Italian Army. However, while the information is excessive at times, it speaks very little of the Italian Army below division level, Italian military equipment, or how it was used, the few maps were almost completely useless.

This book does provide a good bird's-eye view of the Italian Front and Italy's motivations during WW1 to supplement further study.
grand star
One of the best military books I have ever read. I echo the praise from the other reviewers. A must read of a true student of the Great War.
Wiliniett
Overview of the Development of the Italian Army before and during the First world war ! A little Bisses to the Italian side but worthwile reading !
What a well written text. Clear information and well organised