Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Scenic Battlefield: The Isonzo Sector of the Italian Front — Part 1, the North

Having led battlefield tours to Western Europe, Gallipoli, Italy, and Slovenia, I can say that the most dramatic scenery can be found on the Italian Front.  The Isonzo Sector, on both sides of a 60-mile leg of the Isonzo [today Soca] River involved the bulk of the fighting, featuring 11 Italian offensives and the German-Austrian victory in the Battle of Caporetto. Today we highlight the northern half of the sector, best known for the October 1917 Battle of Caporetto.

The Italian Charnel House (Ossuary) at Kobarid (Formerly Caporetto)

An Austrian Position Overlooks the Northern Breakthrough
Point for the Battle of Caporetto 

Higher Up There Was Continual Fighting,  1915–1917

Lt. Erwin Rommel's Unit Captured This Outpost on 25 October 1917

After the Breakthrough,  German and Austrian Troops
Advanced Down the River Toward Caporetto

Austro-Hungarian Fort Kluze Held Out Throughout the War

Monument to Austrian and Bosnian Soldiers
Overlooks the High Battlefields

Chapel Constructed by Russian Prisoners of War

Italian Third-Line Position

Overlooking the Town of Tolmino, Launch Pad for the Southern Breakthrough 
During the Battle of Caporetto

Source:  The photos were found at the website and Facebook pages of Pot Miru, the International Walk of Peace Foundation (Link).

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