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The Armistice
How people throughout the war had hoped for the day the ceasefire would come, for the moment that would put an end to the daily massacre! That would be, one thought, a day of redemption, a day of joy; then we would be able to heave a sigh of relief and look forward to better times! Now the armistice has been agreed and our troops have ceased hostilities. Then the Italians too, and at least the lives of our poor soldiers are now no longer endangered by an enemy...
“April is coming to an end. The enemy battalions [...] deployed opposite the First Army are over two hundred; guns, including many large- and medium-caliber, more than a thousand. A huge avalanche”
(Cap. Cesare Pettorelli Lalatta)

Austria-Hungary started its first major offensive against the Trentino section of the Italian front between 15th May and 26th June 1916. No precedents existed for such a large operation in an Alpine...
"It is certain, for example as regards Trentino, that at least 70% of those resettled were not evacuated on the basis of economic or purely military reasons, but for partly military, that is, for police reasons, and these people were not really evacuated - this is a euphemistic term - but exiled. "
Alcide De Gasperi, speech to the Parliament in Vienna, 12 July 1917
At the outbreak of the war in 1914, Italy found itself in a situation of uncertainty. Since 1882, the country had been linked to Germany and Austria-Hungary via the Triple Alliance. This purely defensive pact was renewed in 1912, but did not in any way bind Italy to go to war alongside the central empires. For this reason and because no evident advantages could be seen from entering into the war on the side of the allies, neutrality prevailed.
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