A HUNDRED YEARS AGO | OCTOBER 31, 1917 Archive

Enemy Offensive: On the Italian Front.

The Italian newspapers testify to the nation’s stiffening moral. Party differences are being forgotten and there are striking demonstrations of patriotism on all sides from Catholics to Socialists. The departure of hundreds of officers for the front occasioned unforgettable scenes and the wounded in hospitals are asking to return to duty. The United States Secretary for War in his weekly review recalls that in May, 1916, the Austrians similarly assaulted in fine weather and with superior fighting vigour than at present. In the initial days they scored successes and gained footings on the Italian plain only to be stopped and driven back. A French military critic in the “Debats” recalling Verdun, points out that the German habit is to strike at the difficult point and they followed this at Montenero seeking a weak strategical point and although it may be strong tactically.

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