Italy’s forces driven back in se­ri­ous col­lapse

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

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.

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