A memorial to a Czech WWI infantry regiment was unveiled on Friday in the village of Hudi log na Krasu, the area of the Kras plateau south of Gorizia that the regiment defended in the Battles of the Isonzo.
Calls for remembrance and peace have been issued at a ceremony marking the centenary of the last battles of the Isonzo Front at the German ossuary in Tolmin on Saturday. The event joined together people from most of the nations that fought at one of the bloodiest theatres of WWI.
The main ceremony honouring the memory of the soldiers who died on the Isonzo Front a hundred years ago will be held on Saturday at the German ossuary in Tolmin. The ceremony will see high diplomatic attendance from Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary as well as descendants of victims of this bloody theatre of WWI.
A century will have passed this year since the last major WWI battles between Austria-Hungary and Italy at the Isonzo Front. The largest conflict on Slovenian soil was a war of attrition that ended with a catastrophic defeat of the Italian forces known as the Battle of Caporetto in late 1917, two and a half years after the theatre of war opened.
The proposal by General Svetozar Boroević to stop the attacking Italians on the Soča river instead of deeper in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy saved much of the territory populated by Slovenians from destruction, historian Renato Podbersič told the STA on the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities on the Isonzo Front.
The Isonzo Front, the biggest mountain campaign in human history and the biggest military confrontation on Slovenian territory, started on 23 May 1915 when Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The campaign comprised 12 bloody battles and ended in October 1917.
The Isonzo Front, which ended a hundred years ago, will be commemorated with numerous events this year. Senior officials of several countries will visit the main event, an international concert of military orchestras in Kobarid in July. September's re-enactment of the battle of Kolovrat should also attract many.