The Great War started
one Century ago, on the
28 July 1914.
The heir to
killed by a
The Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia because he wanted to conquer its
France, the United Kingdom and Russia, who were allies of Serbia went to war to defend it.
In 1914, at the beginning of the war, Italy remained neutral.
25 May 1915
In 1915 the Italian government decided to
go to war, an ally of France, the UK and
Russia, in order to win two major cities,
Trento and Trieste and the neighboring
Until 1917 the war was fought in the Italian
north-east, along the border with
the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Here you see a destroyed bridge on an Italian
river called Isonzo and some Austrian
The war was fought in the trenches,
the long ditches where soldiers lived.
They were forced to leave their
trenches and engage the enemy when
they received the order to attack
by their superiors.
but also bicycles and
mules, which were
stronger than the
October/November 1917 - Caporetto
During the autumn of 1917 the Austrian army invaded Italy
by crossing the border to the north-east.
The Italian cities were bombed
and refugees, mostly women
and children, had to escape
from their homes.
The front of
live, along a
Piave and on
a hill called
Many bridges on the river Piave were bombed and
The war in Italy ended the 4 November 1918 with the
defeat of the Austro-Hungarian soldiers, during the battle
of Vittorio Veneto, a city that is close to us.
Throughout our province you can visit many places where the
war was fought, there are many monuments, war cemeteries
and ossuaries military.
This is the ossuary military of Nervesa of Montello where there are the
bodies of 9.325 Italian soldiers who died during the battles of 1917.
This is the British cemetery in Giavera of Montello.
Here are the bodies of 417 soldiers of the
Commonwealth who fought on the Piave River and on
the Montello hill. On 417 white headstones there are
poignant phrases that families of the soldiers wanted
to dedicate them.
The numbers of the First World War:
combat soldiers 64.324.000
dead soldiers 8.536.000
wounded soldiers: 21.226.00
prisoners and missing soldiers: 7.746.500