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Battle of the Piave

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie von Hohenberg was the cover story of La Domenica del Corriere for the week July 5 through 12, 1914. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, said he aimed, turned away, and fired, and was not targeting the Countess. The illustrator may have positioned her standing to make sense of the two wounds: the Archduke was shot through the throat, his wife through the groin. Illustration by Alberto Beltrame.
The cover story includes a picture of the deceased with their three children. A second photograph shows the new heir to the throne, Karl, holding his son, captioned "I due futuri Imperatori d'Austria" - the two future Emperors of Austria. Karl became emperor when Franz Joseph died in 1916. His son never did, as the Empire had dissolved by the time his father died.
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La Domenica del Corriere
5 -12, 1914. 
L'assassinio a Serajevo dell'arciduca Francesco Ferdinando erede del trono d'Austria, e di sua moglie.
(Disegno di A. Beltrame)
The assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife.
(Drawing by A. Beltrame)

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie von Hohenberg was the cover story of La Domenica del Corriere for the week July 5 through 12, 1914. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, said he aimed, turned away, and fired, and was not targeting the Countess. The illustrator may have positioned her standing to make sense of the two wounds: the Archduke was shot through the throat, his wife through the groin. Illustration by Alberto Beltrame.
The cover story includes a picture of the deceased with their three children. A second photograph shows the new heir to the throne, Karl, holding his son, captioned "I due futuri Imperatori d'Austria" - the two future Emperors of Austria. Karl became emperor when Franz Joseph died in 1916. His son never did, as the Empire had dissolved by the time his father died.

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La Domenica del Corriere

5 -12, 1914.



L'assassinio a Serajevo dell'arciduca Francesco Ferdinando erede del trono d'Austria, e di sua moglie.



(Disegno di A. Beltrame)



The assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife.



(Drawing by A. Beltrame)

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After the disaster at Caparetto, and the replacement of Luigi Cadorna with General Armando Diaz, the Italian position and morale strengthened. In early 1918, in preparation for its Western Front offensives, the Germans withdrew their forces from Italy. Absent German officers and troops, Austria-Hungary made its bid to defeat Italy.

Conrad von Hötzendorf, replaced as Austro-Hungarian Chief of the General Staff, commanded the Austro-Hungarian Tenth Army in Trentino. Boroevic commanded the ???.

On June 13, the Austro-Hungarians [Conrad?] launched a diversionary attack [from Trentino?] at the Tonale Pass near the Swiss border.

Two days later, on June 15, 1918, the Austro-Hungarians launched the Battle of the Piave with the Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh, and Tenth Armies / Austria-Hungary attacked Italy [from Trentino and] along the Piave, Conrad 11th Army, and Boroević. Boroević crossed??? the Piave along a front of ??? over 20 miles, but Allied air attacks and high water made it difficult for him to resupply his forces. Austro-Hungarian planes were no match for the Allies: water-cooled engines froze and incendiary bullets ignited the planes' fabric. On June 20, 1918, Kaiser Karl called off attack. Boroević withdrew during the night of June 22-23.

Austria-Hungary destroyed much of its remaining military power in the battle. It had sent its last 29 supply trains to the front. It had lost 269 of 382 planes. Its machine guns froze.

Austria-Hungary suffered 100,000 casualties [Map 44 says 150,000]. Herwig p. 370. – Between June 15 and 25, Austria-Hungary lost 142,550 men, including 11,643 dead, and 24,474 prisoners of war. Allies: 84,830 including 8,030 dead.

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1918-06-23