A Farewell to Arms begins "[i]n the late summer of" 1915 (FTA 3), placing the novel's opening during or soon after the Second Battle of the Isonzo
(17 July - 10 August), which resulted in 42,000 Italian fatalities (Massignani).
The book is organized into twelve chapters, each of which focuses on a battle or campaign (Gallipoli, Verdun, Isonzo
, Jutland, and the Somme); a country (Ireland, USA, and Russia); or a larger area (Eastern Front, Asia, Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Balkans).
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.
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.
During September/October 1917 the Regiment spent some weeks on the notorious Isonzo
front before returning to South Tyrol.
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One of the most notable is Miracle at Verdun (1931) by Austrian writer Hans Chlumberg, who fought in Italy, including the last battle of the Isonzo
. The idea of the play occurred to him suddenly in the form of a question: "What if the soldiers who died in the World War were to rise from their graves and return to the world they died to redeem?" The play begins at a military cemetery in the Argonne Forest composed of a large burial ground of crosses--so many they "continue out of sight." In the center of the cemetery resides a mass grave of both French and German dead, identified by a stone cross rising to the height of an average man.
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Born in Piedmont (September 28, 1871); commissioned in the artillery (1890), he first saw action in the Italo-Ethiopian War (1895-1896); survived the disaster of Adowa (March 1, 1896); served in the Italo-Turkish War in Libya (1911-1912); involved in the Isonzo
battles (1915-1917), he first served as chief of staff for the 2d Army; later, as commander of II Corps, he gained distinction for the capture of Monte Sabotin (near Gorizia) (August 6, 1916); still in command of II Corps during the battle of Caporetto (October 24-November 12, 1917), he extracted his forces with difficulty; appointed chief of staff to Gen.
Principal battles: Isonzo
River (1915); Trentino (1916); Piave River (1918).
Principal battles: Zamosc-Komarow (1914); Gorlice-Tarnow (1915); Isonzo
I-Isonzo XI (1915-1917); Caporetto (Kobarid) (1917); Piave River, Vittorio Veneto (1918).