May 1917

Austria 1918: The big hunger

While in the fall of 1917 the Austro-Hungarian armies had reached the Piave thus threatening to cause the exit of Italy from the war, the Austrian home front was paying dearly for the lack of food. The per capita rations in Vienna, the metropolis of the empire, had collapsed dramatically, prices skyrocketed and the black market flourished, aggravating the conditions of the mass of consumers.