Italian Front (World War I)

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Italian Front
Part of World War I
Italian front (World War I).jpg
From left to right: Ortles, autumn 1917; Fort Verena, June 1915; Mount Paterno, 1915; Carso, 1917; Toblach, 1915.
Date 23 May 1915 – 6 November 1918
(3 years, 5 months and 2 weeks)
Location Eastern Alps and Venetian Plain
Result Italian / Entente victory
Armistice of Villa Giusti
Collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Italian Regency of Carnaro
Free State of Fiume
Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Treaty of Trianon
Belligerents

Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy
1915 – up to 58 Divisions
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Empire
1917 – 3 Divisions
Flag of France.svg France
1918 – 2 Divisions
Flag of Bohemia.svg Czechoslovak Legion
1918 – 5 Regiments
Flag of Romania.svg Romanian Legion
1918 – 3 Regiments

US flag 48 stars.svg United States
1918 – 1 Regiment

Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria-Hungary
1915 – up to 61 Divisions

 German Empire
1917 – 5 Divisions
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Luigi Cadorna
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Emanuele Filiberto
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Armando Diaz
Flag of France.svg Jean César Graziani
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lord Cavan
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg C. von Hötzendorf
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Svetozar Boroević
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg A. von Straussenburg
Flag of the German Empire.svg Otto von Below
Casualties and losses
651,000 killed
953,886 wounded[1]
404,000 killed
1,207,000 wounded[2]

The Italian Front (Italian: Fronte italiano; in German: Gebirgskrieg, "Mountain war") was a series of battles at the border between Austria-Hungary and Italy, fought between 1915 and 1918 in World War I. Following the secret promises made by the Allies in the Treaty of London, Italy entered the war in order to annex the Austrian Littoral and northern Dalmatia, and the territories of present-day Trentino and South Tyrol. Although Italy had hoped to gain the territories with a surprise offensive, the front soon bogged down into trench warfare, similar to the Western Front fought in France, but at high altitudes and with very cold winters. The front caused civil population to resettle and several thousands of them died in Italian and Austrian refugee camps of malnutrition and illness.[3] The Allied victory at Vittorio Veneto and the disintegration of Austria-Hungary ended the military operations.

Pre-war period[edit]

While being a member of the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany, Italy did not declare war in August 1914, arguing that the Alliance was defensive in nature and therefore that Austria-Hungary's aggression did not obligate Italy to take part.[4] Italy had a longstanding rivalry with Austria-Hungary, dating back to the Congress of Vienna in 1815 after the Napoleonic Wars, which granted several regions on the Italian peninsula to the Austrian Empire.[4]

More importantly, a radical nationalist political movement, called Unredeemed Italy (Italia irredenta), founded in the 1880s, started claiming the Italian-inhabited territories of Austria Hungary, especially in the Austrian Littoral and in the County of Tyrol. By the 1910s, the expansionist ideas of this movement were taken up by a significant part of the Italian political elite. The annexation of those Austrian territories that were inhabited by Italians, became the main Italian war goal, assuming a similar function as the issue of Alsace-Lorraine had for the French.[4] However, of around 1.5 million people living in those areas, 45% were Italian speakers, while the rest were Slovenes, Germans and Croats. In northern Dalmatia, which was also among the Italian war aims, the Italian-speaking population was only around 5%[citation needed].

In the early stages of the war, Allied diplomats courted Italy, attempting to secure Italian participation on the Allied side, culminating in the Treaty of London of 26 April 1915 in which Italy renounced her obligations to the Triple Alliance.[5] On 23 May, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.[5]

Italy's entry was engineered in secret by the 1915 Treaty of London. Set up between the British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey, the Italian Foreign Minister Sidney Sonnino and the French Foreign Minister Jules Cambon.

On February 16, 1915, despite concurrent negotiations with Austria, a courier was dispatched in great secrecy to London with the suggestion that Italy was open to a good offer from the Entente. [ ...] The final choice was aided by the arrival of news in March of Russian victories in the Carpathians. Salandra began to think that victory for the Entente was in sight, and was so anxious not to arrive too late for a share in the profits that he instructed his envoy in London to drop some demands and reach agreement quickly. [...] The Treaty of London was concluded on April 26 binding Italy to fight within one month. [...] Not until May 4 did Salandra denounce the Triple Alliance in a private note to its signatories.[6]

Campaigns of 1915–1916[edit]

The Italian Front in 1915–1917: eleven Battles of the Isonzo and Asiago offensive. In blue, initial Italian conquests
Italian Alpini troops; 1915

During the Italo-Turkish War in Libya (1911–1912), the Italian military suffered equipment and munition shortages not yet repaired before Italian entry into the Great War.[7] At the opening of the campaign, Austro-Hungarian troops occupied and fortified high ground of the Julian Alps and Karst Plateau, but the Italians initially outnumbered their opponents three-to-one.

Battles of Isonzo in 1915[edit]

An Italian offensive aimed to capture cross the Soča (Isonzo) river, take the fortress town of Gorizia, and then enter the Karst Plateau. This offensive opened the first Battles of the Isonzo.

At the beginning of the First Battle of the Isonzo on 23 June 1915, Italian forces outnumbered the Austrians three-to-one but failed to penetrate the strong Austro-Hungarian defensive lines in the highlands of northwestern Gorizia and Gradisca. Because the Austrian forces occupied higher ground, Italians conducted difficult offensives while climbing. The Italian forces therefore failed to drive much beyond the river, and the battle ended on 7 July 1915.

Despite a professional officer corps, severely under-trained Italian units lacked morale.[8] Also many troops deeply disliked the newly appointed Italian commander, general Luigi Cadorna.[9] Moreover, preexisting equipment and munition shortages slowed progress and frustrated all expectations for a "Napoleonic style" breakout.[7] Like most contemporaneous militaries, the Italian army primarily used horses for transport but struggled and sometimes failed to supply the troops sufficiently in the tough terrain.

Two weeks later on 18 July 1915, the Italians attempted another frontal assault against the Austro-Hungarian trench lines with more artillery in Second Battle of the Isonzo, but the forces of Austria-Hungary beat back this bloody offensive, which concluded in stalemate and exhaustion of weaponry on 3 August 1915.

The Italians recuperated, rearmed with 1200 heavy guns, and then on 18 October 1915 launched Third Battle of the Isonzo, another attack. Forces of Austria-Hungary again repulsed this Italian offensive, which concluded on 4 November without resulting gains.

The Italians again launched another offensive on 10 November, the Fourth Battle of the Isonzo. Both sides suffered more casualties, but the Austro-Hungarian forces repulsed this Italian offensive too, and the battle ended on 2 December for exhaustion of armaments, but occasional skirmishing persisted.

After the winter lull, the Italians launched the Fifth Battle of the Isonzo on 9 March 1916, but Austria-Hungary repulsed this offensive, and the battle concluded on 16 March in poor weather for trench warfare.

The Asiago offensive[edit]

Following Italy's stalemate, the Austrian forces began planning a counteroffensive (Battle of Asiago) in Trentino and directed over the plateau of Altopiano di Asiago, with the aim to break through to the Po River plain and thus cutting off the II., III., and IV. Italian Armies in the North East of the country. The offensive began on 11 March 1916 with 15 divisions, and resulted in no gain.

Later battles for the Isonzo[edit]

The Austro-Hungarian supply line over the Vršič pass, October 1917

Later in 1916, four more battles along the Isonzo river erupted. The Sixth Battle of the Isonzo, launched by the Italians in August, resulted in a success greater than the previous attacks. The offensive gained nothing of strategic value but did take Gorizia, which boosted Italian spirits. The Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth battles of the Isonzo (14 September – 4 November) managed to accomplish little except to wear down the already exhausted armies of both nations.

The frequency of offensives for which the Italian soldiers partook between May 1915 and August 1917, one every three months, was higher than demanded by the armies on the Western Front. Italian discipline was also harsher, with punishments for infractions of duty of a severity not known in the German, French, and British armies.[10]

Shellfire in the rocky terrain caused 70% more casualties per rounds expended than on the soft ground in Belgium and France. By the autumn of 1917 the Italian army had suffered most of the deaths it was to incur during the war, yet the end of the war seemed to still be an eternity away.[10] This was not the same line of thought for the Austrians. On 25 August, the Emperor Charles wrote to the Kaiser the following: "The experience we have acquired in the eleventh battle has led me to believe that we should fare far worse in the twelfth. My commanders and brave troops have decided that such an unfortunate situation might be anticipated by an offensive. We have not the necessary means as regards troops."[11]

On 13 December 1916, known as 'White Friday', 10,000 soldiers were killed by avalanches in the Dolomites.[12]

1917: Germany arrives on the front[edit]

The Battle of Caporetto and the following Italian retreat to the Piave river, October–November 1917.

Following the minuscule gains of the Tenth Battle of the Isonzo, the Italians directed a two-pronged attack against the Austrian lines north and east of Gorizia. The Austrians checked the advance east, but Italian forces under Luigi Capello managed to break the Austrian lines and capture the Banjšice Plateau. Characteristic of nearly every other theater of the war, the Italians found themselves on the verge of victory but could not secure it because their supply lines could not keep up with the front-line troops and they were forced to withdraw.

The Austrians received desperately needed reinforcements after the Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo from German Army soldiers rushed in after the Russian offensive ordered by Kerensky of July 1917 failed. The Germans introduced infiltration tactics to the Austrian front and helped work on a new offensive. Meanwhile, mutinies and plummeting morale crippled the Italian Army from within. The soldiers lived in poor conditions and engaged in attack after attack that often yielded minimal or no military gain.

On 24 October 1917 the Austrians and Germans launched the Battle of Caporetto (Italian name for Kobarid) with a huge artillery barrage followed by infantry using infiltration tactics, bypassing enemy strong points and attacking on the Italian rear. At the end of the first day, the Italians had retreated 19 kilometres (12 miles) to the Tagliamento River.

1918: The war ends[edit]

Battle of the Piave River (June 1918)[edit]

Advancing deep and fast, the Austrians outran their supply lines, which forced them to stop and regroup. The Italians, pushed back to defensive lines near Venice on the Piave River, had suffered 600,000 casualties to this point in the war. Because of these losses, the Italian Government called to arms the so-called 99 Boys (Ragazzi del '99); the new class of conscripts born in 1899 who were turning 18 in 1917. In November 1917, British and French started to bolster the front line. Far more decisive than Allied help in troops was Franco-British (and US) help providing strategic materials (coal, steel, etc.), which Italy always lacked sorely. In the spring of 1918, Germany pulled out its troops for use in its upcoming Spring Offensive on the Western Front.

The Austrians now began debating how to finish the war in Italy. The Austro-Hungarian generals disagreed on how to administer the final offensive. Archduke Joseph August of Austria decided for a two-pronged offensive, where it would prove impossible for the two forces to communicate in the mountains.

The Battle of the Piave River began with a diversionary attack near the Tonale Pass named Lawine, which the Italians easily repulsed after two days of fighting.[13] Austrian deserters betrayed the objectives of the upcoming offensive, which allowed the Italians to move two armies directly in the path of the Austrian prongs. The other prong, led by general Svetozar Boroević von Bojna initially experienced success until aircraft bombed their supply lines and Italian reinforcements arrived.

The Italian front in 1918 and the Battle of Vittorio Veneto.
Austro-Hungarian trench in Ortler Alps, 1917

The decisive Battle of Vittorio Veneto (October–November 1918)[edit]

To the disappointment of Italy's allies, no counter-offensive followed the Battle of Piave. The Italian Army had suffered huge losses in the battle, and considered an offensive dangerous. General Armando Diaz waited for more reinforcements to arrive from the Western Front. By the end of October 1918, Austria-Hungary was falling apart. Czechoslovakia, Croatia, and Slovenia proclaimed their independence and troops started deserting, disobeying orders and retreating.

By October 1918, Italy finally had enough soldiers to mount an offensive. The attack targeted Vittorio Veneto, across the Piave. The Italian Army broke through a gap near Sacile and poured in reinforcements that crushed the Austrian defensive line. On 3 November, 300,000 Austrian soldiers surrendered.

On 3 November, Austria-Hungary sent a flag of truce to the Italian Commander to ask again for an armistice and terms of peace. The terms were arranged by telegraph with the Allied Authorities in Paris, communicated to the Austrian Commander, and were accepted. The Armistice with Austria was signed in the Villa Giusti, near Padua, on 3 November, and took effect on 4 November, at three o'clock in the afternoon. Austria and Hungary signed separate armistices following the overthrow of the Habsburg Monarchy and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Casualties[edit]

Cumulative casualties of the numerous battles of the Isonzo were enormous. Half of the entire Italian war casualty total – some 300,000 of 600,000 – were suffered along the Soča (Isonzo). Austro-Hungarian losses, while by no means as numerous were nevertheless high at around 400,000 (of an overall total of around 1.2 million casualties).[citation needed]

Occupation of northern Dalmatia[edit]

By the end of hostilities in November 1918, the Italian military had seized control of the entire portion of Dalmatia that had been guaranteed to Italy by the London Pact.[14] From 5–6 November 1918, Italian forces were reported to have reached Lissa, Lagosta, Sebenico, and other localities on the Dalmatian coast.[15] In 1918, Admiral Enrico Millo declared himself Italy's Governor of Dalmatia.[14]

Italian Army Order of Battle as of 24 May 1915 [16][edit]

First Army[edit]

Lieutenant General Roberto Brusati

III Corps[edit]

Lieutenant General Vittorio Camerana

  • 5th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Luigi Druetti)
    • "Cuneo" Brigade – 7th (I, III & IV [17]) and 8th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • "Palermo" Brigade – 67th (I-III) and 68th (I, III & IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 27th Field Artillery Regiment (-) (5 batteries) [18] 75/906 [19] (arr. 7–13 June); 10th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 6th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Oscar Roffi)
    • "Toscana" Brigade – 77th (I-III) and 78th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • "Sicilia" Brigade – 61st (I-III) and 62nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 16th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 11th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 35th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Felice De Chaurand de Sainte Eustache)
    • “Milano” Brigade - 159th (I-III) and 160th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Novara” Brigade—153rd I-III) and 154th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906; 15th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment; 5th Group of mobile militia cavalry (9th & 10th Squadrons)
  • Corps Troops
    • 7th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 8, 10 & 11 bis)
    • 45th Bersaglieri Battalion (mobile militia)
    • Mixed Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini battalions: Morbegno (44, 45, 47, 88, 104 Cos); Tirano (46, 48, 49, 89, 113 Cos); Edolo (50-52, 90, 105 Cos) and Vestone (53-55, 91 Cos)
    • Territorial Militia Alpini battalions: Val d’Intelvi (244, 245, 247 Cos); Valtellina (246, 248, 249 Cos); Val Camonica (250-52 Cos) and Val Chiese (253-54 Cos)
    • III Battalion, Royal Customs Guards (Frontier) (Reale Guardia di Finanza di frontiers)
    • 27th Light Cavalry Regiment of Aquila (4 squadrons) [20] (arr. 20 May)
    • 6th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906
    • 30th Mountain Battery
    • 2nd Group, 1st Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (4th & 5th batteries) [21]
    • 1st Battalion, Miners (Cos 10, 11, 18)
    • 4th Telegraph Co
    • ½ 18th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment

V Corps [22][edit]

Lieutenant General Florenzio Aliprindi

  • 9th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Ferruccio Ferri)
    • “Roma” Brigade—79th (II, III, IV) and 80th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Pugile” Brigade—71st (II-IV) and 72nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 29th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 12th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 15th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Luigi Lenchantin) [23]
    • “Venezia” Brigade—83rd (I-III) and 84th (I, II, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • “Abruzzi” Brigade—57th (I, III, IV) and 58th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 19th Field Artillery Regiment (-) (6 batteries) [24] 75/906; 1st Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 34th Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Pasquale Oro)
    • “Ivrea” Brigade—161st (I-III) and 162nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Treviso” Brigade—115th (I-III) and 116th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 41st Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906; 9th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment; Mobile Militia cavalry: 21st Squadron (arr. 11 June) & 23rd Squadron (arr. 29 June)
  • Corps Troops
    • 2nd Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 2 bis, 4 & 17)
    • 4th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 26 bis, 29 & 31 bis)
    • 8th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 3 bis, 5 & 12)
    • 41st, 42nd and 48th Bersaglieri Battalions (mobile militia)
    • Mixed Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini battalions: Verona (56-58, 73, 92 Cos); Vincenza (59-61, 93, 108 Cos); Bassano (77-79, 106 Cos) and Feltre (64-66, 95 Cos)
    • Territorial Militia Alpini battalions: Val d’Adige (256-258 Cos); Val Leogra (259, 260 Cos); Val Brenta (262, 263 Cos) and Val Cismon (264, 265 Cos)
    • V, VII, IX, XVII & XVIII Battalions, Royal Customs Guards (Coastal) (Reale Guardia di Finanza di costieri) with Autonomous Cos. 11 and 52
    • I Battalion, Royal Custom Guards (Frontier)
    • 22nd Light Cavalry Regiment of Catania (arr. 28 May)
    • 15 batteries of mountain artillery: Oneglia Group (batteries 23, 26 & 27); Vincenza Group (batteries 19-21); Genove Group (batteries 28 & 29); Torino Aosta Group (batteries 4-6) and Independent batteries: 1, 8, 57 & 59
    • 5th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911[25]
    • 1st, 13th, 14th & ½ 7th Cos, Miners
    • 11th Telegraph Co
    • 16th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment (barrier Brenta-Cismon)
    • 16th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment (barrier Agno-Assa)

Army Troops[edit]

  • “Mantova” Brigade [26]—113th (I-III) and 114th Infantry (I-III) Regiments
  • 4th Squadron, 27th Light Cavalry Regiment of Aquila [27]
  • 3rd Group, 1st Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (6th & 7th batteries)
  • 2nd & 17th Cos, Miners
  • 17th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment [28]
  • 14th Pontoon Co
  • 16th Telegraph Co
  • 1 section, radiotelegraph of 1 ½ Kw
  • 1 squad, telephotography

Second Army[edit]

Lieutenant General Pietro Frugoni

II Corps[edit]

Lieutenant General Enzio Reisoli

  • 3rd Division (Lieutenant General Giovanni Prelli)
    • ”Ravenna” Brigade - 37th (I, III, IV) & 38th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Forli Brigade” - 43rd (I-III) & 44th (I, III, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 23rd Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 2nd Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 4th Division (Major General Cesare Del Mastro)
    • “Livorno” Brigade - 33rd (I-III) & 34th (IV-VI) Infantry Regiments
    • “Lombardia” Brigade - 73rd (I-III) & 74th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 26th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 3rd Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 32nd Division (Lieutenant General Alberto Piacentini) [29]
    • “Spezia” Brigade - 125th (I-III) & 126th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Firenza” Brigade - 127th (I-III) & 128th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 48th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906; 13th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 9th & 10th Bersaglieri Cyclist Battalions
    • 11th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911
    • 6th Group, 1st Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (13th & 14th batteries)
    • 6th Telegraph Co

IV Corps [30][edit]

Lieutenant General Mario Nicolis de Robilant

  • 7th Division (Lieutenant General Nicola D’Avanzo)
    • “Bergamo” Brigade - 25th (I-III) & 26th (II-IV) Infantry Regiments
    • “Valtellina” Brigade - 65th (I-III) & 66th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 21st Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911; 1st Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 8th Division (Lieutenant General Guglielmo Lang)
    • “Modena” Brigade - 41st (I-III) & 42nd (I, II, IV) Infantry Regiments [31]
    • “Salerno” Brigade - 89th (I, III, IV) & 90th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 28th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906
  • 33rd Division (Lieutenant General Carlo Ricci)
    • “Liguria” Brigade - 157th (I-III) & 158th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Emilia” Brigade - 119th (I-III) & 120th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 40th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906; 14th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Bersaglieri Division (Lieutenant General Alessandro Raspi)
    • 6th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 6, 13 & 19)
    • 9th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 28, 30 & 32)
    • 11th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 15 bis, 27 & 33)
    • 12th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 21, 23 & 26)
    • Mondavi Group Mountain Artillery (Mt batteries 10, 11, 12, 54); 17th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Alpini Group A (Colonel Riccardo Tedeschi)
    • Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini Battalions: Aosta (41-43 Reg Cos, 87, 103 MM Cos); Ivrea (38-40, 86, 111 Cos); Intra (7, 24, 37, 112 Cos) & Cividale (16, 20, 76, 87, 103 Cos)
    • Territorial Militia Alpini battalions: Val Natisone (216, 220 Cos); Val Orco (238, 239 Cos); Val Baltea (241, 242 Cos) & Val Toce (207, 243 Cos)
    • Bergamo Group Mountain Artillery (Mt batteries 31, 32, 33, 61)
  • Alpini Group B (Colonel Ernesto Alliana)
    • Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini Battalions: Pinerolo (25-27, 82 Cos); Susa (34-36, 85, 102 Cos); Exilles (31-33, 84 Cos) & Val Pellice (41-43, 87, 103 Cos)
    • Territorial Militia Alpini Battalions: Val Cenischia (234, 235 Cos) &Val Dora (231, 232 Cos)
    • Pinerola Group Mountain Artillery (Mt batteries 7 & 9)
  • Corps Troops
    • 5th Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 14, 22 bis, 24) with 5th Bersaglieri Cyclist Battalion
    • 4th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911
    • 4th Group, 1st Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 8, 9 & 10)
    • 17th Telegraph Co

XII Corps [32][edit]

Lieutenant General Luigi Segato

  • 23rd Division (Lieutenant General Giovanni Airaldi)
    • “Verona” Brigade - 85th (I-III) & 86th (I, III, IV; 9 cos only) Infantry Regiments
    • “Aosta” Brigade - 5th Infantry Regiment (II-IV; 9 cos only) &6th (I, III, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 22nd Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906
    • 1st Group, 10th Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 1, 2 & 3)
    • 12th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 24th Division (Major General Gustavo Fara)
    • “Napoli” Brigade - 75th (I, II, IV; 9 cos only) &76th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Piemonte” Brigade - 3rd (II, III, IV; 9 cos only) & 4th (I, II, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 36th Field Artillery Regiment (2 groups w 5 field batteries) 75/911 plus 3 (sic 6? [33]) mt. batteries: 13th Mt Group (Mt batteries 37-39) & 14th Mt. Group (Mt batteries 63, 64 & 65)
    • 3rd Group, 10th Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 6, 7 & 8); 4th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 10th bis Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 16 bis, 34 bis & 35 bis)
    • 2nd Group, 10th Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 4 & 5) [34]
    • 4th Group, 2d Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 8, 9 & 10)
    • 9th Telegraph Co

Army Troops[edit]

  • 2 groups of 2 batteries of 149 A cannon [35] (149 A batteries 1, 7, 11 & 12) (for the “first bound forward”)
  • 1 group of 3 batteries of 149 G cannon [36] (149 G batteries 5, 6 & 7) (for the “first bound forward”)
  • 2 groups of 4 batteries of pack 70 A cannon.[37] (pack batteries 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 20)
  • 1 Pontoon battalion (Cos 6, 7, 8, 13)
  • 8th Co, Miners
  • 24th Telegraph Co
  • 1 section radiotelegraph of 1 ½ Kw
  • 1 squad field photography
  • 3 sections of field aerostatic balloons
  • 3 squadrons of aeroplanes (Nos 6th, 7th & 8th Newport)

Third Army [38][edit]

His Royal Highness, Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta [39]

VI Corps [40][edit]

Lieutenant General Carlo Ruelle

  • 11th Division (Lieutenant General Ettore Mambretti)
    • “Pistoia” Brigade - 35th (I, III, IV) & 36th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • The King’s (“Re”) Brigade - 1st (I-III) & 2nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 14th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906 (3 batteries arr. 27 May)
    • 1 group of 3 batteries of 70 A. pack (pack batteries 2, 7 & 14)
    • 1st Group, 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment (byts 1, 2 & 3)
    • 6th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 12th Division (Major General Oreste Zavattari)
    • “Casale” Brigade - 11th (I-III) & 12th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Pavia” Brigade - 27th (I-III) & 28th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 30th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 7th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 1st Cavalry Division (Lieutenant General Nicola Pirozzi)
    • 1st Cavalry Brigade - 13th Light Cavalry Regiment of Monferrato (-) (4 squadrons) [41] (arr. 10 May) & 20th Light Cavalry Regiment of Rome (arr. 10 May)
    • 2nd Cavalry Brigade - 4th Cavalry Regiment of Genova (arr. 10 May) & 5th Lancer Regiment of Novara (arr. 12 May)
    • 94th Infantry Regiment [from Messina Brigade, 13th Division, VII Corps]
    • 1 battalion of 20th Infantry Regiment
    • 8th & 11th Bersagliari Cyclist Battalions
    • 2nd Group of Horse Artillery (Horse Artillery batteries 1 & 2) 75/912 [42]
    • 2nd Group, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 4 & 5)
  • Corps Troops
    • 6th & 12th Bersaglieri Cyclist Battalions
    • II Battalion, Royal Customs Corps (Frontier)
    • 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (-) (6 batteries) [43] 75/911
    • 2nd Group, 2nd Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (4th & 5th batteries)
    • 8th Telegraph Co
    • ½ 18th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
    • 19th Co, Miners
    • 12th Pontoon Co
    • 1st & 2nd Squadrons aeroplanes Bleriot

VII Corps [44][edit]

Lieutenant General Vincenzo Garioni

  • 13th Division (Lieutenant General Cleto Angelotti)
    • “Messina” Brigade - 93rd (III, IV, V; 9 cos only); [94th Infantry Regiment (II-IV) [45]]
    • Sardinia Grenadiers - 1st (I, II, IV) [46] & 2nd (I-III) Grenadier Regiments
    • 31st Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) (not arrived by May 24)
    • 1 battery of 70 A. pack (pack battery 12)
    • 2nd Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 14th Division (Major General Giacinto Rostagno)
    • “Pinerolo” Brigade - 13th (I-III) [47] & 14th (I, II, IV) [48] Infantry Regiments
    • “Acqui” Brigade - 17th (I, III, IV) & 18th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 18th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 28 May); 7th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 2nd Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (not arrived by May 24)
    • 13th Telegraph Co (not arrived by May 24)

XI Corps [49][edit]

Lieutenant General Giorgio Cigliana

  • 21st Division (Lieutenant General Carlo Mazzoli)
    • The Queen’s (“Regina”) Brigade (not arrived by May 24) - 9th Infantry Regiment (I-III) [50]
    • “Pisa” Brigade (not arrived by May 24) - 29th (II-IV; 9 cos only) & 30th (I, III, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 35th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (arr. 28–30 May); 4th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment (not arrived by May 24)
  • 22nd Division (Lieutenant General Vittorio Signorile)
    • “Brescia” Brigade (not arrived by May 24) - 19th (I, II, IV; 9 cos only) & 20th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Ferrara” Brigade (not arrived by May 24) - 47th (II, III, IV; 9 cos only) & 48th (I, II, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 15th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (arr. 28 May); 3rd Co, 1st Sapper Regiment (not arrived by May 24)
  • 2nd Cavalry Division (or Detachment of San Giorgio di Nogaro) (Lieutenant General Giovanni Vercellana)
    • HQ of the Queen’s Brigade
    • 3rd Cavalry Brigade - 7th Lancer Regiment of Milano (arr. 16 May) & 10th Lancer Regiment of Victor Emanuel II (arr. 21 May)
    • 4th Cavalry Brigade - 6th Lancer Regiment of Aosta (arr. 9 June) & 25th Lancer Regiment of Mantova (arr. 30 May)
    • 3rd & 7th Bersagliari Cyclist Battalions
    • 10th Infantry Regiment (I-III) [51]
    • 1 battalion of 14th Infantry Regiment
    • 1 battalion of 1st Grenadiers
    • 1st Group of Horse Artillery (Horse Artillery batteries 1 & 2) 75/912
    • 3rd Group, 2nd Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 6 & 7)
    • 2 pack batteries (pack batteries 16 & 17)
  • Corps Troops
    • 9th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (arr. 30 May)
    • 5th Pontoon Co (not arrived by May 24)
    • 10th Telegraph Co (not arrived by May 24)

Army Troops[edit]

  • X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV Battalions, Royal Customs Guards (Coastal)
  • 1st Group, 2nd Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (1, 2 & 3 batteries)
  • 1 group of 4 batteries of 149 G cannon (149 G batteries 1-4)
  • 1 battery of pack cannon of 70 A. (pack battery 19)
  • 5th Co, Miners
  • 21st Telegraph Co
  • 4th, 10th & 11th Pontoon Cos
  • 1 section radiotelegraph
  • 1 squad field photography
  • 3 sections of field aerostatic balloons
  • 5 squadrons of aeroplanes (Nos 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 13th & 14th Bleriot)

Fourth Army [52][edit]

Lieutenant General Luigi Nava

I Corps[edit]

Lieutenant General Ottavio Ragni

  • 1st Division (Lieutenant General Alfonso Pettiti di Roreto)
    • “Parma” Brigade - 49th (I-III) &50th (I, IV & V; 9 cos only) Infantry Regiments
    • “Basilicata” Brigade - 91st (I-III) & 92nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 25th Field Artillery Regiment (-) (5 batteries) [53] 75/906 (arr. 1 June)
    • 2 batteries of 70 A. pack (pack batteries 6 & 13) (arr. 20 June)
    • 5th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 2nd Division (Lieutenant General Saverio Nasalli Rocca)
    • “Como” Brigade - 23rd (I, IV & V; 9 cos only) & 24th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Umbria” Brigade - 53rd (I-III) & 54th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 17th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906
  • 10th Division (Lieutenant General Giovanni Scrivante)
    • “Marche” Brigade - 55th (I-III) & 56th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Ancona” Brigade - 69th (I-III) & 70th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 20th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 11th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment; 14th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 21st Light Cavalry Regiment of Padova (arr. 30 May)
    • 8th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906
    • ½ 7th & 21st Cos, Miners
    • 12th Telegraph Co

IX Corps[edit]

Lieutenant General Pietro Marini

  • 17th Division (Lieutenant General Diomede Saveri)
    • “Reggio” Brigade - 45th (I-III) & 46th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Torino” Brigade - 81st (I-III) & 82nd (IV-VI; 9 cos only) Infantry Regiments
    • 13th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (arr. 31 May); 5th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 18th Division (Lieutenant General Vittorio Carpi)
    • “Alpi” Brigade - 51st (I-III) & 52nd (II-IV) Infantry Regiments
    • “Calabria” Brigade - 59th (I-III) & 60th (II-IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 33rd Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911; 8th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Additional Organic
    • Mixed Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini Battalions - Fenestrelle (28, 29, 30, 83 Cos); Pieve di Cadore (67, 68, 75, 96 Cos) & Belluno (77-79, 106 Cos)
    • Territorial Militia Alpini Battalions - Val Chisone (228-230 Cos); Val Piave (267 & 268 Cos) & Val Cordevole (206 & 266 Cos)
    • Torino-Susa Group of Mt. Artillery (Mt batteries 2 & 3)
    • Belluno Group of Mt. Artillery (Mt batteries 22, 23, 24, & 58)
    • Como Group of Mt. Artillery (Mt batteries 34, 35 & 36)
  • Corps Troops
    • 3rd Bersaglieri Regiment (Btns 18, 20 & 25)
    • 9th Lancer Regiment of Firenza (arr. 5 June)
    • 1st Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (2 batteries arr. 26 May)
    • 5th Telegraph Co

Army Troops[edit]

  • XVI Battalion, Royal Custom Guards (Frontier)
  • 1 regiment of mobile territorial infantry (3 btns)
  • 5th & 6th Groups, 2nd Heavy Field Artillery Regiment (batteries 11, 12, 13 & 14)
  • 1 battalion of Miners (12, 16, 20 & 21 Cos)
  • 22nd Telegraph Co
  • 1st Pontoon Co
  • 1 section radiotelegraph
  • 1 squad telephotography

Carnia Zone [54][edit]

Lieutenant General Clemente Lequio

  • 8 Mixed Regular & Mobile Militia Alpini battalions: Mondovi (9-11, 114 Cos); Pieve di Teco (2, 3, 8, 107, 115 Cos); Ceva (1, 4 & 5, 98, 116 Cos); Borgo San Dalmazzo (13-15, 99, 117 Cos); Dronero (17-19, 81, 101 Cos); Saluzzo (21-23, 80, 100 Cos); Tolmezzo (6, 12, 72, 109 Cos) & Gemona (69-71, 97 Cos)
  • 8 Territorial Militia Alpini battalions: Val d’Eilero (209, 210 cos); Val d’ Arroscia (202, 203, 208 Cos); Val Tanaro (201, 204 cos); Valle Stura (213-215 cos); Val Maira (217-219 cos); Val Varaita (221-223 cos); Val Tagliamento (212 & 272 cos) & Val Fella (269 & 270 cos)
  • VIII, XIX & XX Battalions, Royal Customs Guards (Coastal)
  • 1 squadron, 13th Light Cavalry Regiment of Monferrato
  • 6 batteries of mountain artillery: Mt batteries 13, 14, 15 & 55 (Conegliano Group); Mt battery 51 (Torino-Susa Group) & Mt battery 52 (Torino-Aosta Group)
  • 2 batteries of 70 A. pack (pack batteries 3 & 15)
  • 4th & 6th Cos, Miners
  • 6th & 21st Cos 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 19th Telegraph Co

High Command[55] Troops[edit]

VIII Corps [56][edit]

Lieutenant General Ottavio Briccola

  • 16th Division (Major General Luciano Secco)
    • “Friuli” Brigade - 87th (I bis, II bis, III bis; 9 cos only) & 88th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Cremona” Brigade - 21st (I-III) & 22nd (I, III, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 32nd Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 29 May); 8th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 29th Division (Lieutenant General Fortunato Marazzi) [57]
    • “Perugia” Brigade - 129th (I-III) & 130th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Lazio” Brigade - 131st (I-III) & 132nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 37th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 31 May); Special Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 23rd Light Cavalry Regiment of Umberto I
    • 7th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) (arr. Early June) 75/911
    • 14th Telegraph Co

X Corps [58][edit]

Lieutenant General Domenico Grandi

  • 19th Division (Lieutenant General Giuseppe Ciancio)
    • “Siena” Brigade - 31st (I, III, IV) & 32nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Palermo” Brigade - 39th (I-III) & 40th (I, II, IV) Infantry Regiments
    • 24th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 5–9 June)
    • 9th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 20th Division (Lieutenant General Eduardo Coardi di Carpenetto)
    • “Savona” Brigade - 15th (I-III) & 16th (II bis, IV & V; only 9 cos) Infantry Regiments
    • “Cagliari” Brigade - 63rd (I, II & IV) & 64th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 34th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 5–6 June); 10th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 12th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/911 (arr. 6–9 June)
    • 15th Telegraph Co

XIII Corps [59][edit]

Lieutenant General Gaetano Zoppi

  • 25th Division (Major General Luigi Capello) [60]
    • “Macerata” Brigade - 121st (I-III) & 122nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Sassari” Brigade - 151st (I-III) & 152nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 46th Field Artillery Regiment (8 batteries) 75/906; 15th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 30th Division (Lieutenant General Arcangelo Scotti) [61]
    • “Piacenza” Brigade - 159th (I-III) & 160th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Alessandria” Brigade - 155th (I-III) & 156th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 39th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 13 June); 18th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • 31st Division (Lieutenant General Annibale Gastaldello) [62]
    • “Chieti” Brigade - 123rd (I-III) & 124th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Barletta” Brigade - 137th (I-III) & 138th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 43rd Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 2 June)
    • 25th Field Artillery Regiment (3 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 1 June)
    • 13th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 49th, 50th & 52nd Bersaglieri Battalions (mobile militia)
    • 44th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 8–9 June)
    • 5th Pontoon Co
    • 18th Telegraph Co

XIV Corps [63][edit]

Lieutenant General Paolo Morrone

  • 26th Division (Major General Michele Salazar)
    • “Caltanissetta” Brigade - 147th (I-III) & 148th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Catania” Brigade - 145th (I-III) & 146th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 49th Field Artillery Regiment (5 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 12 June)
    • 6th Squadron, 16th Light Cavalry Regiment of Lucca
    • 19th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 27th Division (Lieutenant General Guglielmo Pecori Giraldi)
    • “Benevento” Brigade - 133rd (I-III) & 134th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Campagnia” Brigade - 135th (I-III) & 136th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 38th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 8 June); 20th Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • 28th Division (Lieutenant General Giuseppe Queirolo) [64]
    • “Bari” Brigade - 139th (I-III) & 140th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • “Catanzaro” Brigade - 141st (I-III) & 142nd (I-III) Infantry Regiments
    • 45th Field Artillery Regiment (6 batteries) 75/906 (arr. 9–12 June); 21st Co, 2nd Sapper Regiment
  • Corps Troops
    • 56th Bersaglieri Battalion (mobile militia)
    • 47th Field Artillery Regiment (5 batteries) plus 3 batteries of 27th & 2 batteries of 19th Field Artillery Regiments; all 75/906
    • 30th Mountain Battery
    • 2nd & 9th Pontoon Cos
    • 23rd Telegraph Co

3rd Cavalry Division[edit]

Lieutenant General Carlo Guicciardi di Cervarolo

  • 5th Cavalry Brigade - 12th Light Cavalry Regiment of Saluzzo (arr. 7 June) & 24th Light Cavalry Regiment of Vincinza (arr. 20 May)
  • 6th Cavalry Brigade - 3rd Cavalry Regiment Savoia (arr 6 June) & 8th Lancer Regiment of Montebello (arr. 3 June)
  • 3rd Group Horse Artillery (Horse Artillery batteries 5 & 6) 75/912 (29 May at Ponte di Piave)

4th Cavalry Division [65][edit]

Lieutenant General Alessandro Malingri di Bagnolo

  • 4th Cavalry Brigade - 1st Cavalry Regiment Nizza (arr. 5 June) & 26th Lancer Regiment of Vercelli (arr. 5 June)
  • 8th Cavalry Brigade - 19th Light Cavalry Regiment Guide (Squadron Nos 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6) [66] (arr. 8 June) & 28th Light Cavalry Regiment of Treviso (arr. 7 June)
  • 4th Group Horse Artillery (Horse Artillery batteries 7 & 8) 75/912 (left Milano June 4 for Portogruaro)

Misc.[edit]

  • “Padova” Brigade [67] - 117th (I-III) & 118th (I-III) Infantry Regiments
  • “Trappani” Brigade [68] - 144th Infantry Regiment (I, II, III; 9 cos only) & 149th Infantry Regiment [69]
  • Royal Carabinieri Regiment of 3 battalions (9 cos)
  • 19th Co, 1st Sapper Regiment[67]
  • 1st[67] & 7th Telegraph Cos
  • 15th Co, Miners [67]
  • 15th Pontoon Co [67]
  • Dirigibles P4,[67] P5, M1
  • 4 squadrons aeroplanes (Nos. 4th Bleriot,[67] 5th Newport, 9th & 10th H. Farman)

See also[edit]

General:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mortara 1925, pp. 28–29
  2. ^ Italian Front Casualties
  3. ^ Petra Svoljšak (1991). Slovene refugees in Italy during First World War (Slovenski begunci v Italiji med prvo svetovno vojno), Ljubljana. Diego Leoni – Camillo Zadra (1995), La città di legno: profughi trentini in Austria 1915–1918, Trento-Rovereto 1995.
  4. ^ a b c Nicolle 2003, p. 3
  5. ^ a b Nicolle 2003, p. 5
  6. ^ Smith, Denis Mack (1997). Modern Italy: A Political History. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press. p. 262. ISBN 0-472-10895-6. 
  7. ^ a b Keegan, John (1999). The First World War. Knopf, N.Y. pp. 226, 227. ISBN 0-375-40052-4. 
  8. ^ Keegan, John (1998). "The War Beyond The Western Front". The First World War. Random House (UK). p. 246. ISBN 0091801788. 
  9. ^ Keegan, John (1998). "The Breaking of Armies". The First World War. Random House (UK). p. 376. ISBN 0091801788. 
  10. ^ a b (2001),Keegan (2001), p319
  11. ^ Keegan (2001), p322
  12. ^ Thompson, Mark (2008). The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915–1919. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-571-22333-8. 
  13. ^ From the website of the museum of the war on Adamello
  14. ^ a b Paul O'Brien. Mussolini in the First World War: the Journalist, the Soldier, the Fascist. Oxford, England, UK; New York, New York, USA: Berg, 2005. Pp. 17.
  15. ^ Giuseppe Praga, Franco Luxardo. History of Dalmatia. Giardini, 1993. Pp. 281.
  16. ^ Compiled from information in L’Esercito italiano nella grande guerra, Vol I-bis, pp. 75-104
  17. ^ Roman numerals indicate battalion numbers; missing numbers were with the Colonial Army
  18. ^ The other 3 batteries were assigned to XIV Corps.
  19. ^ 75 mm Krupp cannon (75/27 Model 1906).
  20. ^ One squadron attached to 1st Army.
  21. ^ The heavy field artillery batteries were armed with Krupp 149/12 howitzers, which were essentially Krupp 15 cm M. 1913 howitzers.
  22. ^ 11 June 23rd squadron of mobile militia cavalry; 29 June 21st squadron of mobile militia cavalry: both arrived & attached to V Corps. Attached: 305 mm howitzer battery 5 (arr. 1 June).
  23. ^ 4 June 4th Group of mobile militia cavalry (Squadrons 7 & 8) arrived and attached to 15th Division.
  24. ^ Five batteries arrived on 26 May; the other two batteries assigned to XIV Corps.
  25. ^ Deport 75 mm cannon (75/27 Mod. 1911).
  26. ^ Under command of the Presidio of the Verona Fortress
  27. ^ Under command of the Presidio of the Verona Fortress [Lieutenant General Gaetano Gabbo] (together with five batteries of 87 B, 1 battery of 149 G. & 2 batteries of 57)
  28. ^ Under command of the Presidio of the Verona Fortress.
  29. ^ 2 June 1st Group of mobile militia cavalry (Squadrons 1 & 2) arrived and attached to 32nd Division.
  30. ^ 3 June 14th Light Cavalry Regiment of Alessandria arrived and attached to IV Corps. Also on 3 June 2nd Group of mobile militia cavalry (Squadrons 3 & 4) arrived and attached to IV Corps.
  31. ^ 1st Co in the colonies; replaced with 1st bis Co.
  32. ^ 4 June 15th Light Cavalry Regiment of Lodi (Squadrons 2-6) arrived and attached to XII Corps. Squadron 1 was in Libya.
  33. ^ Table on allocation of mountain batteries (L’Esercito italiano nella grande guerra, Vol I-bis,p. 98) lists both 13th Group & 14th Group with the 36th Field Artillery.
  34. ^ 1st Group was with 23rd Division; 3rd Group was with 24th Division.
  35. ^ The 149 A cannon was a 149 mm cannon (model 149/35 A) with a steel barrel first manufactured in 1900 to replace the older 149 G (149/23).
  36. ^ The 149 G cannon was a 149 mm cannon (model 149/23) with a cast iron barrel first manufactured in 1882.
  37. ^ The 70 mm pack mountain gun (model 70/15) was introduced in 1904. The gun could be broken down into 4 pieces for transport by pack animals.
  38. ^ Attached for the “first bound forward”: 149 G batteries 1-4.
  39. ^ On 26 May His Royal Highness assumed command of the 3rd Army, which from 24 to 26 May was held temporarily by General Garioni.
  40. ^ 28 May the 17th Light Cavalry Regiment of Caserta arrived and was attached to VI Corps. The regiment arrived with 5 squadrons, with 1st bis Squadron replacing 1st Squadron, which was in Libya.
  41. ^ The other squadron of this regiment was attached to the Carnia Zone command.
  42. ^ A Krupp 75 mm cannon designed for horse artillery (75/27 mod. 1912).
  43. ^ The 2nd Group of this regiment (batteries 4 & 5) was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division
  44. ^ 10 June the 29th Light Cavalry Regiment of Udine arrived and was attached to VII Corps. Also attached: 310 mm howitzer battery 6 (arr. 10 July)
  45. ^ Detached to 1st Cavalry Division, VI Corps
  46. ^ One battalion detached to 2nd Cavalry Division
  47. ^ 1st bis Co replaced 1st Co which was in the colonies.
  48. ^ 1st bis Co replaced 1st Co which was in the colonies; one battalion detached to 2nd Cavalry Division.
  49. ^ 2 June the 11th Light Cavalry Regiment of Foggia arrived and was attached to this corps.
  50. ^ the Brigade headquarters and 10th Infantry Regiment detached to 2nd Cavalry Division.
  51. ^ Detached from the Queen’s Brigade.
  52. ^ Attached: 149 A batteries Nos 8 & 9; 305 mm howitzer batteries Nos 1 (arr. June 1) & 2 (arr. June 2); 280 mm howitzer battery Nos 4 (arr. 6 June), 5 (arr. 3 June), 6 (arr. 3 June) & 7 (arr. 6 June); 210 mm howitzer battery No 2 (arr. 30 May); 210 mortar batteries Nos 7, 8 (both arr. 3 June), 9 (at Belluno 31 May), 10 & 11.
  53. ^ The other three batteries were assigned to 31st Division.
  54. ^ Controlled by the High Command. Attached: 149 A batteries Nos 2-6 (still at Stretti); 310 mm howitzer batteries Nos 3 & 4 (both arr. 1 June); 280 mm howitzer batteries Nos 1-3 (on 24 May via RR directed to Stazione for the Carnia ); 210 howitzer battery No 1 (on 24 May at Spillimbergo); 210 mm mortar batteries Nos 1, 2 (May 24 both at Spilimbergo), 3 (29 May at Chiusaforte), 4 (May 24 at Spilimbergo), 5 & 6.
  55. ^ “Comando Supremo”, headed by Lieutenant General Count Luigi Cadorna.
  56. ^ 30 May the 2nd Bersagliari Cyclist Battalion left Rome to join this corps.
  57. ^ 29 May the 3rd Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadrons Nos 5 & 6) arrived and were attached to 26th Division. 11 June the 9th Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadrons Nos 17 & 18) arrived and were attached to 29th Division.
  58. ^ 6 June the 18th Light Cavalry Regiment of Piacenza arrived and was attached to X Corps; the regiment arrived with 5 squadrons ( Nos 1, 2, 4, 5& 6) with Squadron No 3 in Libya. 5 June 1st Bersagliari Cyclist Battalion left Naples to join this corps.
  59. ^ 5 June the Royal Piemonte Cavalry Regiment (-) (Squadrons Nos 3, 4 & 5) joined XIII Corps; the other two squadrons were attached to XIV Corps.
  60. ^ 3 June the 10th Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadron Nos 19 & 20) arrived and were attached to 25th Division.
  61. ^ 1 June the 6th Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadron Nos 11 & 12) arrived and were attached to 30th Division.
  62. ^ 12 June the 8th Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadron Nos 15 & 16) arrived and attached to 31st Division.
  63. ^ 5 June Squadron Nos 1 & 2 of Royal Piemonte Cavalry Regiment joined XIV Corps; the rest of the regiment joined XIII Corps.
  64. ^ 30 June the 7th Group of Mobile Militia cavalry (Squadron Nos 13 & 14) arrived and was attached to 28th Division.
  65. ^ 3 June the 4th Bersagliari Cyclist Battalion left Turin to join this division.
  66. ^ Squadron No 2 in Libya.
  67. ^ a b c d e f g Under the command of the Piazza di Venezia
  68. ^ The Trappani Brigade was constituted in Palermo on 14 January 1915 with 3 regiments 143rd, 144th and 149th. In May it was dissolved. On 4 May the 149th Regiment was transferred to Brindisi, where it remained at the disposition of the Navy until, on June 23, it moved into a war zone (Treviso) at the disposition of the High Command. On 6 May the 143rd Regiment (composed of troops from both the 143rd and 144th Regiments) sailed for Libya. The remaining troops of the 143rd and 144th Regiments reformed on the 144th Regiment HQ. On 4 July the 144th Regiment left for Spresiano. On 4 July the brigade reformed with two regiments: 144th (9 companies) and 149th (12 companies).
  69. ^ Detached to Brundisi; rejoined 4 July

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