Eighth Battle of the Isonzo

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Eighth Battle of the Isonzo
Part of the Italian Front
(First World War)
Date 10 October 1916 – 12 October 1916
Location Monfalcone, Italy
Result Inconclusive
Soča River Valley, Slovenia
 Kingdom of Italy  Austria-Hungary
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of Italy Luigi Cadorna Austria-Hungary Svetozar Boroević
20 divisions 14 divisions
Casualties and losses
50-60,000 killed, wounded, missing or captured 38,000 killed, wounded, missing or captured

The Eighth Battle of the Isonzo was fought from October 10–12, 1916 between Italy and Austria-Hungary.


The Eighth Battle of the Isonzo, fought briefly from 10–12 October 1916,[1] was essentially a continuation of attempts made during the Seventh Battle of the Isonzo (14–17 September 1916) to extend the bridgehead established at Gorizia during the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo in August 1916.

Italian Chief of Staff Luigi Cadorna was determined to continue Italian attacks to the left of the town, a policy that continued during the following (ninth) battle - with an equal lack of success.

As with the earlier, Seventh, attack, heavy Italian casualties required that the short, sharp concentrated initiative be called off pending the army's recuperation.

The seemingly interminable Isonzo onslaught was next renewed with the Ninth Battle of the Isonzo on 1 November 1916, the fifth and final attack of the year.

In the battle, the Italian architect Antonio Sant'Elia was killed, a key member of the Futurist movement in architecture.

See also


  1. ^ Evans, Martin (2003). Forgotten Battlefronts of the First World War. Sutton Publishing Limited. p. 146. ISBN 0-7509-3004-7.

Further reading

External links

  • FirstWorldWar.Com: The Battles of the Isonzo, 1915-17
  • Battlefield Maps: Italian Front
  • 11 battles at the Isonzo
  • The Walks of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation. The Foundation preserves, restores and presents the historical and cultural heritage of the First World War in the area of the Isonzo Front for the study, tourist and educational purposes.
  • The Kobarid Museum (in English)
  • Društvo Soška Fronta (in Slovenian)
  • Pro Hereditate - extensive site (in En/It/Sl)

Coordinates: 45°55′59″N 13°36′58″E / 45.9330°N 13.6160°E / 45.9330; 13.6160

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