The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar
The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar
The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar
The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar
The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar

The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar

£69.99
The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918, by George H. Cassar

Published by the Hambledon Press in 1998, 269 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.16cm by 24cm (A3FWSO)

From the front inside fly leaf: The importance of the Italian front in the First World War is often overlooked. Nor is it realised that British troops fought in Italy. The Forgotten Front demonstrates Italy's vital contribution to the Allied effort, including Lloyd George's plan to secure overall victory by an offensive on that front. Although his grand scheme was frustrated, British troops were committed to the theatre and played a real part in holding the Italian line and in the final victory of 1918. George H. Cassar, in an account that is original, scholarly and readable, covers both the strategic considerations and the actual fighting.

Faced by stalemate on the Western Front, Lloyd George argued strongly in 1917 for a joint Allied campaign in Italy to defeat Austria­ Hungary. Knocking Germany's principal ally out of the war would lead in turn to the collapse of Germany itself. While his plan had real attractions, it also begged many questions. These allowed Haig and Robertson to join the French high command to thwart it. The disastrous Italian defeat at Caporetto in October 1917 led, however, to the deployment of a British corps in Italy under Sir Herbert Plumer, which bolstered the Italians at a critical juncture. Subsequently led by the Earl of Cavan, British troops fought gallantly at the battle of Asiago in February to March 1918 and contributed significantly to the final defeat of Austria-Hungary at Vittorio Veneto in October.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket is clean and bright, with only minor scuffs and some light wear along the edges and corners. The spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.