The British Army in the Italian Alps, 1917


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Join our study centre manager, Robert Fleming, to discover how the British Army fought in the Italian Alps during the First World War.

The British Army fought in theatres across the world from the Middle East and Africa to Asia and the Pacific. One of the theatres often forgotten is the Italian Front.

For two years Italy and Austria battled fiercely against each other across the High Alps and troops from both sides faced the risk of avalanche. When German troops arrived to bolster Austria in the summer of 1917, the British and French soon followed to support Italy.

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