The Battle of the Shutdown

The stopping battle was entirely different from the clashes that, until that moment, They characterized the Great War front in Italy.
It was fought in places that were not yet fully equipped to defend, almost entirely devoid of trenches and shelters of any kind, and also in extremely adverse weather conditions.
In fact, the Italian army had lost on the Soca river most of the artillery, machine guns and rifles.

For their part, Also the Austrians, they could not dispose of all the guns and heavy howitzers and the provision of bullets was rather poor due to the distance from supply lines, and sabotage practiced at railways and roads by retreating soldiers.

Not yet knowing very well how they would behave troops, After the crush of Caporetto, the controls imparted strict orders, but not lack the necessary flexibility to avoid any mass desertions.

But the impetus of the Imperial was overwhelming and since the first contacts it became clear that the line between victory and defeat was extremely thin for both.

The stopping battle was entirely different from the clashes that, until that moment, They characterized the Great War front in Italy.
It was fought in places that were not yet fully equipped to defend, almost entirely devoid of trenches and shelters of any kind, and also in extremely adverse weather conditions.
In fact, the Italian army had lost on the Soca river most of the artillery, machine guns and rifles. For their part, Also the Austrians, they could not dispose of all the guns and heavy howitzers and the provision of bullets was rather poor due to the distance from supply lines, and sabotage practiced at railways and roads by retreating soldiers.
Not yet knowing very well how they would behave troops, After the crush of Caporetto, the controls imparted strict orders, but not lack the necessary flexibility to avoid any mass desertions.

But the impetus of the Imperial was overwhelming and since the first contacts it became clear that the line between victory and defeat was extremely thin for both.

Italian Fanti pass near the bombed ruins of the huts

The invasion began del Grappa 13 November 1917.

Reaching the north of the massive valleys, Austro-German troops began to climb the top of the mountain foothills developing bloody attacks on Mount Tomatico and Peùrna.
The desperate defense of the troops of the 4th Army, He descended to cover the Alps, He saw infantrymen engaged, sharpshooters and especially Alpine, many of them from their native countries coming to the front.
The advance continued simultaneously in the Piave and Brenta valleys, but unlike the tactics developed at Caporetto, the joint command opted to bring also the attack on the tops.
In the next days, I fell into the hands of the troops of the Central Powers also Cornella, Prassolan the upstream and through the valley of the stream Stizzon these pushed almost to the upstream Pertica and Cismon reached the col Bonato.

A similar fate befell the Monte Fontanasecca, in the eastern part of the Grappa, dove, among others, also he operated as a department of the Württemberg mountain troops.

Among the many men who composed it, one became a legend in the Second World War, crowning a successful career that saw him protagonist in Italy: Erwin Rommel.

But they were mostly the many unsung heroes, who died without fanfare in the fulfillment of their duty, the real stars.
Men who came from many different places making up the peninsula, They sacrificed themselves to death in an attempt to stop the enemy.
An enemy motivated by recent successes and pushed to the extreme stress the need to groped a final victory before the Italian army could regroup.

The invasion began del Grappa 13 November 1917.

Reaching the north of the massive valleys, Austro-German troops began to climb the top of the mountain foothills developing bloody attacks on Mount Tomatico and Peùrna.
The desperate defense of the troops of the 4th Army, He descended to cover the Alps, He saw infantrymen engaged, sharpshooters and especially Alpine, many of them from their native countries coming to the front.
The advance continued simultaneously in the Piave and Brenta valleys, but unlike the tactics developed at Caporetto, the joint command opted to bring also the attack on the tops.
In the next days, I fell into the hands of the troops of the Central Powers also Cornella, Prassolan the upstream and through the valley of the stream Stizzon these pushed almost to the upstream Pertica and Cismon reached the col Bonato.
A similar fate befell the Monte Fontanasecca, in the eastern part of the Grappa, dove, among others, also he operated as a department of the Württemberg mountain troops.

Among the many men who composed it, one became a legend in the Second World War, crowning a successful career that saw him protagonist in Italy: Erwin Rommel.

But they were mostly the many unsung heroes, who died without fanfare in the fulfillment of their duty, the real stars.
Men who came from many different places making up the peninsula, They sacrificed themselves to death in an attempt to stop the enemy.
An enemy motivated by recent successes and pushed to the extreme stress the need to groped a final victory before the Italian army could regroup.

French squadrons also contributed to detecting enemy positions through aerial photos

The last act of the first phase of the battle took place on the Tomba-Monfenera, above which, They could have been encircling the Italian soldiers deployed on the line of the Piave.

The attacks, however, did not lead to breaking and 20 November a short break, needed to regroup, He came with the first snow.
Already the day after fighting resumed in just a few days brought the imperial conquest of Col Caprile, of Mount Pertica and saw them approach the Valderoa.
Austrian attempts there were also on with the Berretta and the Solaroli-Spinoncia.

"Hats off to the Alpine" (hats off in front of the Alpine) They were forced to repeat the German Alpenjäger, once again as on Mount Black, when they realized the value of the strength of this army found.

Expenses the latest energy, clashes endured a stop, to provide for supplies.
He went taken to share (even with the help of cable cars) everything now and there was a chronic lack of which had particular need soldiers to continue fighting: food, all kinds of cartridges and objects, building materials and uniforms suitable to cold.
They built barracks and safe rock shelters to protect themselves from artillery shots and expected the new enemy initiative.
The feared attack that marked the beginning of the second phase of the battle arrest, he began to 9 of the 11 December, after five hours of bombardment in a thick fog.
He died that day, on the upstream Fontanel Val muscardine, Marco Sasso Valstagna.
For the example given during the hardest moments for heroism in the face of death, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Valor.
The 18 also he fell on the pillar of the Italian defense in the western sector: Mount Asolone.

The last act of the first phase of the battle took place on the Tomba-Monfenera, above which, They could have been encircling the Italian soldiers deployed on the line of the Piave.

The attacks, however, did not lead to breaking and 20 November a short break, needed to regroup, He came with the first snow.
Already the day after fighting resumed in just a few days brought the imperial conquest of Col Caprile, of Mount Pertica and saw them approach the Valderoa.
Austrian attempts there were also on with the Berretta and the Solaroli-Spinoncia.

"Hats off to the Alpine" (hats off in front of the Alpine) They were forced to repeat the German Alpenjäger, once again as on Mount Black, when they realized the value of the strength of this army found.

Expenses the latest energy, clashes endured a stop, to provide for supplies.
He went taken to share (even with the help of cable cars) everything now and there was a chronic lack of which had particular need soldiers to continue fighting: food, all kinds of cartridges and objects, building materials and uniforms suitable to cold.
They built barracks and safe rock shelters to protect themselves from artillery shots and expected the new enemy initiative.
The feared attack that marked the beginning of the second phase of the battle arrest, he began to 9 of the 11 December, after five hours of bombardment in a thick fog.
He died that day, on the upstream Fontanel Val muscardine, Marco Sasso Valstagna.
For the example given during the hardest moments for heroism in the face of death, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Valor.
The 18 also he fell on the pillar of the Italian defense in the western sector: Mount Asolone.

The desperate defense of the Sicilian soldiers

This is the testimony of Otto Gallian, lieutenant of assault k.u.k. I.R.99:
"This is hell, an ash avalanche strikes us, through gritted teeth and with bloody lips addossiamo us even closer to the ground, Then we fix in the back grove; furiously we smoke a cigarette after the other, we throw away so many chewed in half, swallow nervously Chocolate, rub your fingers froze to the middle on the snow and on icy stones. Ore 7,45 - unconsciously I turn our thoughts to my brother, which now goes to school in Vienna - and has no idea how enviable place is on her little brother; I think of a blonde girl and what she would say if ... ".
The Carinthian infantrymen of the 7th Regiment, with snow up to the knees, the third attempt, They set foot on the summit and from that moment, Mount became notorious for war bulletins, carnage and hell for thousands of soldiers who died fighting.

After an attempt to recapture Italian, the Austro-German advance, It began almost two months before, it could be considered ended.
It is generally recognized, however,, as the closing day of the arrest battlefield hostilities, French attack on the ridge of the Tomba-Monfenera 30 December 1917.

The clash took place against the Austrians departments that had alternated the Germans, The approaching gradual return on the Western Front, where he was preparing the operation Kaiserschlacht, that the 21 March 1918 he would try to end the war with the capture of Paris.
The brilliant victory of chasseurs alpins was the first real military contribution to the effort of the allies, until that moment, It was weighed entirely on Italian soldiers.

This page of history, so interesting and full of episodes, He closed to the exhaustion of the forces and men of the two exhausted armies, with the peak of Grappa and the Madonnina in sovrastarli they waited under the blanket of snow in the New Year, in the hope that it could be the last of that war crowds.

(excerpt from the book "What remains" - editions Museum of the Great War - Baita Monte Asolone)

This is the testimony of Otto Gallian, lieutenant of assault k.u.k. I.R.99:
"This is hell, an ash avalanche strikes us, through gritted teeth and with bloody lips addossiamo us even closer to the ground, Then we fix in the back grove; furiously we smoke a cigarette after the other, we throw away so many chewed in half, swallow nervously Chocolate, rub your fingers froze to the middle on the snow and on icy stones. Ore 7,45 - unconsciously I turn our thoughts to my brother, which now goes to school in Vienna - and has no idea how enviable place is on her little brother; I think of a blonde girl and what she would say if ... ".
The Carinthian infantrymen of the 7th Regiment, with snow up to the knees, the third attempt, They set foot on the summit and from that moment, Mount became notorious for war bulletins, carnage and hell for thousands of soldiers who died fighting.

After an attempt to recapture Italian, the Austro-German advance, It began almost two months before, it could be considered ended.
It is generally recognized, however,, as the closing day of the arrest battlefield hostilities, French attack on the ridge of the Tomba-Monfenera 30 December 1917.

The clash took place against the Austrians departments that had alternated the Germans, The approaching gradual return on the Western Front, where he was preparing the operation Kaiserschlacht, that the 21 March 1918 he would try to end the war with the capture of Paris.
The brilliant victory of chasseurs alpins was the first real military contribution to the effort of the allies, until that moment, It was weighed entirely on Italian soldiers.

This page of history, so interesting and full of episodes, He closed to the exhaustion of the forces and men of the two exhausted armies, with the peak of Grappa and the Madonnina in sovrastarli they waited under the blanket of snow in the New Year, in the hope that it could be the last of that war crowds.

(excerpt from the book "What remains" - editions Museum of the Great War - Baita Monte Asolone)

The Battle of the Shutdown

Davide Pegoraro (Padova-1975) It is a connoisseur of the history of World War II on the European front.

Conscientious objector, lives and works on the Monte Grappa 2004.

Until the 2015 alla Bait Monte Asolone, Val goddess Giara, then in Val Tosella, runs, with his wife Elena, the namesake refuge at an altitude 1376 and museum (of which he is curator) dedicated to the great-grandfathers who fought in 15-18.

local historian Maggiore, Driving guests and tourists on excursions, in Italy and abroad, the discovery of the trenches, workstations and vestiges of the past.

Decorated in the Austrian Black Cross and the Maltese Cross, He is a member of the historical and cultural associations "The Piave 15-18" and "southern front Plateau of Seven Towns".

He published in 2010 the documentary "Asolone 17-18" Natalino Meneghin, in 2012 the book "Montagnard, 10 stories for 10 battles ", in 2013 the fiction book "L 'Angelo del Grappa" as co-author, in 2014 "What remains, Guide to arrest the Grappa battle between autumn and winter 17-18 ", in 2015 the guide "The Great War sites, Bassano del Grappa, Asiago Plateau, Monte Grappa "with Paul Perini and the story" The Kiss Goodnight "and 2016 the story "The Garden of Lies".

He collaborates with public and private entities such as historical consultant, organizing conferences and exhibitions and conducts educational activities with schools and groups.

He launched the "War, Mountains and Men ", for cultural dissemination of issues related to the centenary 14-18.

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the Historian

david-pegoraro

Phone:

+39 346 621 1036

Davide Pegoraro (Padova-1975) It is a connoisseur of the history of World War II on the European front.

Conscientious objector, lives and works on the Monte Grappa 2004.

Until the 2015 alla Bait Monte Asolone, Val goddess Giara, then in Val Tosella, runs, with his wife Elena, the namesake refuge at an altitude 1376 and museum (of which he is curator) dedicated to the great-grandfathers who fought in 15-18.

local historian Maggiore, Driving guests and tourists on excursions, in Italy and abroad, the discovery of the trenches, workstations and vestiges of the past.

Decorated in the Austrian Black Cross and the Maltese Cross, He is a member of the historical and cultural associations "The Piave 15-18" and "southern front Plateau of Seven Towns".

He published in 2010 the documentary "Asolone 17-18" Natalino Meneghin, in 2012 the book "Montagnard, 10 stories for 10 battles ", in 2013 the fiction book "L 'Angelo del Grappa" as co-author, in 2014 "What remains, Guide to arrest the Grappa battle between autumn and winter 17-18 ", in 2015 the guide "The Great War sites, Bassano del Grappa, Asiago Plateau, Monte Grappa "with Paul Perini and the story" The Kiss Goodnight "and 2016 the story "The Garden of Lies".

He collaborates with public and private entities such as historical consultant, organizing conferences and exhibitions and conducts educational activities with schools and groups.

He launched the "War, Mountains and Men ", for cultural dissemination of issues related to the centenary 14-18.