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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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Bayonets in the Dolomites

(p.480) Chapter 23 1915–1916
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter covers events from 1915–1916. The new year would prove to be even more challenging for the Imperial and Royal armed forces than 1914. The Empire's ability to recover from the disasters of 1914, and even face new threats, showed that it was still capable of waging war, albeit as the junior partner to the increasingly dominant German military machine. From the monarchy's point of view, the year was dominated by one event: the treachery of Italy. The year also saw the decision to deploy two batteries with 813 gunners and 22 officers to Palestine to support the Ottoman effort against the British. On all fronts the Imperial and Royal Army fought with varying degrees of courage, avoiding the disintegration its enemies had so long predicted. However, it suffered catastrophic losses. By 1915, the Dual Monarchy had mobilised nearly 5.6 million men. A year later it had lost more than 56,000 officers and NCOs, and 2.5 million men.

Keywords:   Austria-Hungary, Austro-Hungarian army, Germany, World War I, Italy, Palestine, Ottomans

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