About this book
An account of the war in North East Italy, where 1.5 million men died needlessly. Known as the battle that gave birth to fascism, with Mussolini fighting in the trenches, this is also the battle that inspired Hemingway to write "A Farewell To Arms".
The Western Front dominates our memories of the First World War. Yet, a million and half men died in North East Italy in a war that need never have happened, when Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire in May 1915. This is a tragic military history of a war that gave birth to fascism.
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