Slovenian soldiers killed on the Eastern Front in Galicia will get a memorial which will be unveiled in the Polish town of Gorlice on Tuesday as part of events commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One. President Borut Pahor and Defence Minister Andreja Katič will visit Poland on the occasion.
A memorial to the Polish soldiers who fought on the Isonzo Front during World War I was unveiled on Mt Sabotin above the city of Nova Gorica on Thursday.
One hundred years ago, on 24 October 1917, after three and a half years of bloody battles on the Isonzo Front, Austro-Hungarian forces launched an offensive that would bring a breakthrough, result in the complete defeat of the Italian forces, and end hostilities on the Isonzo Front.
A number of events will be held along the WWI Isonzo Front lines on 24 October to mark 100 years since the Miracle of Caporetto. The Miracle or Battle of Caporetto brought an end to the front with a swift offensive of the Central Powers that pushed the Italian army to the Piave river near Venice.
The main headquarters of the Austro-Hungarian forces on the Isonzo Front were located at a luxury hotel in Postojna. Field Marshal Svetozar Boroević, the commander of the Austro-Hungarian forces, spent entire days at the headquarters, but lived in a villa that now houses a local court.
Soldiers on the Isonzo Front faced a variety of health problems. Apart from wounds, the most common conditions were infections, contagious diseases, psychoses, burns and frostbites, and skin and venereal diseases.
The Isonzo Front in the First World War severely affected the nutritional habits of civilians who lived behind the front lines, as they were forced to live on simple and cheap foodstuffs such as polenta, rice and potato.