Isonzo

Isonzo

(ēzôn`tsō), river, 87 mi (140 km) long, rising in the Julian Alps, NW Slovenia, and flowing S through Slovenia, where it is known as the Soča, then SW through NE Italy before emptying into the Gulf of Trieste. At the entrance to the Venetian plain, the Isonzo valley was the scene of many battles during World Wars I and II. After World War II, the part of the valley above Gorizia, Italy, was given to the former Yugoslavia.

Isonzo

 

(in Slovene, Soča), a river in Yugoslavia and Italy. Length, 136 km; basin area, about 3,500 sq km. Rises in the Julian Alps in Yugoslavia. It crosses the Italian-Yugoslav border near Gorizia, flows out onto the Friulian Plain, and empties into the Gulf of Trieste in the Adriatic. The river is fed by snow and rain. High water is in the spring and autumn; low water is in the summer and winter. The average water discharge is 135 m3/sec. There are several hydroelectric power plants along the Isonzo. In its lower course the river is navigable.

During World War I (1914–18) there were fierce battles on the Isonzo between the Italian and Austrian and German forces (1915–17). The river was the site of the so-called 11 battles on the Isonzo, in which the Italians failed to penetrate the enemy’s defenses.

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A century ago, Allies and Central Powers were locked in battle at places like Gallipoli, Ypres, the Isonzo and Kut-al-Amara.
Pope Francis would not be the pontiff had his grandfather, Giovanni Bergoglio, perished when he fought in World War I in a bloody campaign along the Isonzo River, near the graveyard where the pontiff visited.
Hemingway's use of the Italian names of the locations on the Italian front--Caporetto, Isonzo, Carso, Gorizia--lulls us so that, as the writers state, "hardly anybody realizes that the story takes place on what is now Slovenian soil" which they proudly claim is "the very first time an important literary work chose what is now Slovenian soil as the setting for its story" The vitality of an ever-expanding Hemingway studies depends on its inclusion of previously unheard voices from unexpected parts.
At Redipuglia, the hillside was remodelled as a giant stairway, with 22 terraces, each containing the bones of the many victims of Cadorna's repeated assaults on the Isonzo front and each bearing the repeated word 'PRESENTE', as if this were a ghostly military parade, a permanent roll-call of the dead (Fig.
From humble beginnings - he inherited just five hectares of vines - he now owns the largest vineyard in Isonzo, the wine region in which Pieris is set, with over 150 hectares of vines on two prime sites.
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This whole area formed part of the Isonzo front, scene of massive battles between the defending Austro-Hungarians and the Italians between 1915 and 1917.
Marinetti was posted to an artillery battalion on the Isonzo front where, on 14 May 1917, he was badly wounded and had to be hospitalized.
There it remained until 1919, when it was assigned to Italy as partial return of the terra irredenta for which so many died in the multiple battles at the river Isonzo.
The combined force of nine Austro-Hungarian Divisions stiffened and supported by seven Divisions of German Infantry, including the crack troops of the German Alpenkorps and the Austro-Hungarian Edelweiss Alpine Division launched a surprise attack on the Isonzo Front near the tiny mountain town of Caparetto.
The main objective of that raid was to cut off Italian rail communications along the eastern coast of the Adriatic leading to the front on the Isonzo River.