The First Battle of the Isonzo was a World War I, military engagement fiercely fought between the Italian forces and the Austro-Hungarian Army, from June 24 to July 7, 1915, on the Isonzo River, in Northeastern Italy (today’s Slovania). The result was an Austrian victory.

In the early hours of June 24, 1915, an Italian Army, composed of 18 infantry divisions and commanded by General Luigi Cadorna, attacked the Austro-Hungarian defensive positions along the Isonzo River, and especially around the town of Gorizia. Although this Italian, fierce, frontal assault on the enemy lines had been preceded by an impressive artillery barrage, General Cadorna failed to push back the stubborn troops of Austria-Hungary. Going up the barbed-wire-infested, sloping terrain to attack the Austrian trenches made the Italian pay a very high price, for, by the end of the battle, they had lost 15,000 soldiers.

Commanders

Italian Army: Luigi Cadorna. Austro-Hungarian Army: Svetozar Boroevic

Opposing Forces

230,000 Italian troops vs 120,000 Austro-Hungarians.

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