Early Battles Of WWI
the spring of 1915 after the Battle of Heligoland General Luigi Cadorna, the
chief of staff of the Italian Army, had 25 infantry and 4 cavalry divisions.
Grouped into four armies, Cadorna only had 120 heavy and medium artillery pieces and 700 machine guns. Cadorna launched mass
The defending army quickly built trenches and the Italians suffered heavy casualties. In the first two weeks of the Isonzo Offensive, the Italian Army lost 60,000 men. Although Cadorna had a larger force, he was unlikely to win against machine-guns. By the time the attacks were called off that winter, Italian casualties had reached 300,000. Cadorna also lost 3,000 field guns, which reduced his chances of carrying out a successful offensive during the next few months.