October 1918

Italy at war: the human cost

The losses of the Italian army maintained a constant trend in time, with three exceptions: a steadily growing number of sick, due to the bad living conditions until the end of the war; a peak of prisoners taken by the Austro-Hungarian and German armies during the battle of Caporetto, and a significantly decrease of losses (in percentage) during the last war year, thanks to the prudential attitude by the new Supreme commander, general Diaz.