battle of Caporetto

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Noun1.battle of Caporetto - battle of World War I (1917); Italians were defeated by the Austrian and German forces
First World War, Great War, War to End War, World War 1, World War I - a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
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At the battle of Caporetto in 1917, the young Erwin Rommel used such tactics to bypass forward defenses and capture an Italian infantry regiment with only a few German companies.
Among these, the one that tackles the battle of Caporetto is a part of his Giornale di guerra e di prigionia, the memoir "La battaglia dell'Isonzo," whose original purpose was not at all literary: "I particolari dell'Isonzo e della mia cattura, raccolti pro-memoria, in caso di accuse (Narrazione per uso personale, scrupolosamente veridica)" (265).
The Battle of Caporetto in what is now Slovenia ends with nearly 300,000 Italians surrendering to Austro-Hungarian and German troops.
Alongside five French divisions, Alfred and the British troops were sent out to assist the demoralised Italian forces after 300,000 soldiers were lost in the Battle of Caporetto - 270,000 of them were taken prisoner of war.