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"I was exhausted, but I could not sleep. The professor of greek came to find me. He was depressed. Even his battalion had attacked, far left, and been destroyed, like ours. He spoke to me with his eyes closed. - I'm afraid to go mad, - he said. - I go crazy. Someday, I will kill myself. You have to kill yourself.

I did not know to tell him anything. I felt the waves of madness come closer and disappear. At times, I could hear the lapping of the brain in the skull, like water shaken in a...
The figure of the wild, insane, oblivious, stunned soldier that recognises no one and has become unrecognisable, was a product specifically of the Great War, a new phenomenon of the conflict being waged. The soldiers that “went mad” seemed to be making an attempt to put themselves beyond the reach of any human relationship, hiding and escaping into catatonia. They all seemed to be hounded by constant, relentless terror, which was rekindled at the first opportunity and involved the whole body....
One of the most powerful images imprinted in the collective memory of the Great War is that of the traumatized soldier; men were often accused of cowardice or lying. To date we still have no definite figures on the number of victims of mental trauma and of violence against civilians.
The Great War was the first conflict who involved countries from all continents. 
The war of the forts was a brief clash between the Austrian and Italian fortresses along the border. The violent Italian bombings, despite considerably weakening the opposing defenses,  failed  to defeat  the Austro-Hungarian fortresses, which proved to be real "land battleships."
Fritz Weber, Austrian writer and journalist, was born in 1895 and died in Vienna in 1972. He participated in the Great War and told of his experiences in many books. As artillery officer, he served for the entire duration of the conflict on the Italian front, first over the Plateau and then on the Isonzo. At the conclusion of the war, he was deployed on the Piave Front and participated in the last battle fought by the imperial Austro-Hungarian army. No doubt, Fritz Weber’s most successful book...
In August 1915, the Italian forces launched a heavy offensive on the Trentino Front. The Italian artillery constantly bombarded the Austrian fortifications on the plateau, attempting to destroy them and initiate penetration of the enemy lines. However, the so-called war of the forts had distant origins and its consequences, negligible at the tactical level, showed the inadequacy of the field armies in the new war they were fighting. 
Ivan Stanislavovic Bloch, who was born in Radom in 1836 and died in Warsaw in 1902, lived in the part of Poland under Czarist domination. A Jew converted to Calvinism, he was a successful businessman and banker. Already very rich and sensitive to the closelink between the economy and society, he retired from business to devote himself to his studies. He had been struck by the Franco-Prussian war of 1870/71, which had showed new features compared to previous wars. He devoted...
Louis, Marcel and Fernand Renault founded a car factory in 1899 and produced the first engine four years later. During the First World War, in additions to cars, Renault produced ammunitions, military airplanes and vehicles such as the famous FT-17, the first modern tank. The famous 600 Parisian taxis that carried the French troops at the front line on the Marne, to expedite supplies, were the Renault AG and AG-1; Louis obtained the Legion of Honour for the contribution of his company to the...
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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