Italy and the Great War

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Italy and the Great War.


Italy joined WW1 on 23rd May, 1915 when the country delared war on Austria-Hungary. This was surprising as Italy had previously been alliances with Germany, Austria and Hungary. However Italy only sided with Britain and France because they offered a better deal if they won the war.


Italy, if she fought for Britain and France, was promised:

-          South Tyrol (a German speaking area just south of the Alpine Crest)

-          Trentino (an Italian speaking area south of Tyrol)

-          Area covering the eastern side of the Adriatic sea, including Gorizia, Gradisea, Trieste, Istria, bits of Dalmata and


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