The Gorenjsko Museum has put on an exhibition marking the end of hostilities on the WWI Isonzo Front that highlights not just the hardship of soldiers fighting on the front lines but also civilian hardship.
A two-day international conference discussing various aspects of the developments on the Austrian-Italian front line in the last year and a half of the First World War will open today at the Slovenian Museum of Contemporary History in Ljubljana.
An international choir festival dedicated to all victims of WWI will get under way near Nova Gorica on Thursday. Farewell to Arms, Welcome Song will feature four concerts by international professional choirs, as well as workshops, a symposium, an exhibition and amateur choirs singing along the battle lines of the Isonzo Front.
A re-enactment of a prominent WWI battle on the Kolovrat mountain ridge on the border between Slovenia and Italy will be staged on Sunday at the actual location of the battle, featuring some 200 participants from Slovenia and neighbouring countries.
The Italian army launched its final offensive on the Isonzo Front a century ago, on 17 August 1917. Lasting for 27 days, the 11th Battle of the Isonzo claimed the lives of 50,000 soldiers on both sides, and 153,000 were wounded.
Soldiers from many nations fought on the Isonzo Front between 1915 and 1917. The diversity of the army of the multicultural Austro-Hungarian Empire was particularly striking.
General Svetozar Boroević von Bojna, the commander of the Austro-Hungarian forces on the Isonzo Front who successfully deflected the attacks of the stronger Italian army, was considered one of the more able commanders of WWI. As Boroević noted in his memoirs, he was "the only field marshal the southern Slavs had ever produced".