From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
From 2010, The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919. Goes into great detail on the politics behind Italy joining the Allies and D'Annunzio's Irredentist movement. Presumably the author is fluent in Italian since the bibliography is primarily Italian sources.
Thank you for the hint. I found out that it was available for Kindle and I bought it.
My Grandfather fought in WWI. He was promoted up to lieutenant-colonel and battalion commander (promotions were very fast in that war ), won two silver medals and got three Austrian machinegun bullets in the back - all the above when he was 22 years old. Somehow he survived, married and managed to live a normal live until his death in 1946, even if with one of the bullets permanently embedded near his spine.
22 years old. Sometimes I find difficult to wrap my mind around it. And, as many veterans do, he never spoke about the war; nothing, not even (my family told me) about how he won his two medals.
"Yes darling, I served in the Navy for eight years. I was a cook..."
"Oh dad... so you were a God-damned cook?"
(My 10 years old daughter after watching "The Hunt for Red October")