Friday, September 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Chester, Secretary of the Spalding and South Lincolnshire branch of The Western Front Association, speaks about the First World War campaign in Italy.
This talk looks at the Italian Front from 1915 to the end of the war and examines the terrain, tactics, living conditions and how the Italian troops were treated up to the Battle of Capporeto in 1917.
After this there were changes, chiefly in the arrival of British and French troops to shore up the battered and demoralised Italians. First holding the line on the River Piave, then moving into the mountains, the British made a significant contribution, holding back the major Austro-Hungarian attack in June 1918.
Moving back to the Piave they were the unexpected spearhead of the offensive which saw the British pushing back the Austro-Hungarians, thus allowing the Italian victory at Vittorio Veneto.
Refusing to halt for anything, the British troops were instrumental in forcing the Austro-Hungarians to surrender on 4th November 1918, both on the Venetian Plain and in the Trentino mountains.
This is the third in our 2017 series of Museum Talks.
Tickets cost £4 and include a glass of wine or soft drink.