This is a redo of an earlier figure. Hope you enjoy.
ITALIAN SOLDIER, Vittorio Veneto-1918 (“Finding the Mark”)
- The figure was inspired by a WWI postcard.
-The figure uses a HEAVILLY modified SOTW uniform, boots, helmet , rifle, cartridge packs, and back pouch.
-Custom made: goggles, gas mask container, belt and harness, and helmet cover
- The sculpt is from Twisting Toys. (I LOVE the expressions on these sculpts)
In the years that led up to WWWI, Italy had sided with Germany and Austria-Hungary in the Triple Alliance. As war broke out in August 1914 Italy stayed neutral to wait and see how the war progressed. On April 26th 1915, she came into the war on the side of the Triple Entente – Britain, France and Russia.
Between 1915 and 1917, Italian troops only got 10 miles inside Austrian territory. In October 1917 the Italian army was devastated at Caporetto.( October 24 to November 9) In a series of battles the Italian army lost over 300,000 men against a combined force of the Austrian Army and 7 divisions of German troops. After a massive leadership change and reorganization, on October 23, 1918, the Italian Army, led by Armando Diaz, and supported by Allied troops, launched an offensive against the Austro-Hungarian army.
At The Battle of Vittorio Veneto (October 24 to November 3 1918) General Graziani's 12th Italian army and the 8th army attacked the Austro-Hungarian forces. On 30 October 1918 the Austro-Hungarian army was split in two. Austria-Hungary suffered over 30,000 casualties and 300,000-500,000 prisoners were taken prisoners. Italian casualties numbered around 38,000, including 146 French and 274 English. The Italian victory brought the Italian Front to an end and determined the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Army and empire.
By the end of the war in 1918, 600,000 Italians were dead, 950,000 were wounded and 250,000 were crippled for life.