Italy’s forces driven back in serious collapse
Italy has suffered a severe military disaster.
The extent and penetrative effect of the blow delivered by the Austro - German forces on the Isonzo front has proved to be much greater than was at first anticipated by the defenders, or, possibly by the assailants themselves.
The sudden collapse of the Second Italian Army on the Upper Isonzo, while it goes far to explain the catastrophe, adds to the feeling of uneasiness with which we hear of the surrender of Gorizia and the evacuation of other Austrian territory, in the capture of which our ally has spent two campaigns and fought many sanguinary battles.
General Cadorna, in a message, distinguished alike for its candour and for the calm and resolute spirit which it breathes, attributes the wide breach made in the lines defended by the left wing of his Army to the conduct of certain units, which, without effective resistance, retired or surrendered to the enemy advancing on the Julian front.
Gorizia, which was captured by the Italians on August 9, 2016, has been occupied by Austro-Hungarian troops and, in consequence of this and other losses, the Italians have fallen back, according to a pre-arranged plan.
A German bulletin has made the claim that the Second and Third Italian Armies are in retreat, that the pursuit is advancing rapidly from the mountains as far as the sea, and that 100,000 prisoners and more than 700 guns have been enumerated.