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Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo

August 18 to September 12, 1917
Soča, near Monfalcone, Italy; Banjice Plateau, Slovenia
Date: August 18 to September 12, 1917
Location: Soča, near Monfalcone, Italy; Banjice Plateau, Slovenia
Result: Inconclusive
: Italy
Commanders and leaders:
: Luigi Cadorna, Luigi Capello
: 600 battalions,
5,200 guns
Casualties and losses:
: 148,000 (40,000 dead, 108,000 wounded)

The Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo was a World War I battle fought by the Italian and Austro-Hungarian Armies on the Italian Front between August 18 and September 12, 1917.


On the Soča (Isonzo) River, Luigi Cadorna, the Italian Chief of Staff, concentrated three quarters of his troops: 600 battalions (52 divisions) with 5,200 guns.


The attack was carried forth from a front from Tolmin (in the upper Soča (Isonzo) valley) to the Adriatic Sea. The Italians crossed the river in several points on temporary bridges, but the main effort was exerted on the Bainsizza Plateau, whose capture was to further the offensive and break the Austro-Hungarian lines in two segments, isolating the strongholds of Mount Saint Gabriel and Mount Hermada.

After fierce and deadly fightings, the Italian Second Army, led by General Capello, pushed back Boroević's Isonzo Armee, conquering the Bainsizza and Mount Santo. Other positions were taken by the Duke of Aosta's Third Army.

However, Mount Saint Gabriel and Mount Hermada turned out to be impregnable, and the offensive wore out.

After the battle, the Austro-Hungarians were exhausted, and could not have withstood another attack. Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for their opponents), so were the Italians, who could not find the resources necessary for another assault, even though it might have been the decisive one. So the final result of the battle was an inconclusive bloodbath. Moreover, the end of the battle left the Italian Second Army (until then the most successful of the Italian Armies) split in two parts across the Soča (Isonzo), a weak point that proved to be decisive in the subsequent Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo.

To commemorate the participation of the Bavarian Infantry-Leibguard regiment, Georg Fxrst wrote the March "Isonzo-Marsch".

First Battle of the Isonzo - 23 June-7 July 1915
Second Battle of the Isonzo - 18 July-3 August 1915
Third Battle of the Isonzo - 18 October-3 November 1915
Fourth Battle of the Isonzo - 10 November-2 December 1915
Fifth Battle of the Isonzo - 9-17 March 1916
Sixth Battle of the Isonzo - 6-17 August 1916
Seventh Battle of the Isonzo - 14-17 September 1916
Eighth Battle of the Isonzo - 10-12 October 1916
Ninth Battle of the Isonzo - 1-4 November 1916
Tenth Battle of the Isonzo - 12 May-8 June 1917
Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo - 24 October-7 November 1917 also known as the Battle of Caporetto

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