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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

March 11th, 1916 - The Fifth Battle of Isonzo

Conflict: World War I

Combatants: Austrians vs. Italians

Location: Slovenia

Outcome: Inconclusive


One of a series of battles fought in 1916 on the Isonzo front, this Italian offensive began on March 11th and ground to a halt after inconclusive attacks on the Austrians. Rain, snow, and fog hindered the operation and a new Austrian offensive elsewhere forced the Italian army to divert its attention from Isonzo.


Italian troops at Isonzo by unknown photographer

Points of Interest:

  • Between August 1916 and September of 1917, there would be six more Battles of Isonzo; all of which resulted in little more than thousands of casualties.

  • The Isonzo battles would finally come to an end in November of 1917 when a German offensive forced the Italians to retreat to the Piave River.


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Sources:


Dupuy, Trevor N., Johnson, Curt, & Bongard, David L. (1992). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: Castle Books (HarperCollins).


Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.


Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


Ellis, John, & Cox, Michael (2001). The World War I Databook. Bodmin, UK: MPG Books Ltd.


Keegan, John (2001). An Illustrated History of the First World War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.



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