The Great War on the Italian Front featured combat on a tremendous variety of battlefields: lagoons, marshes, rivers, plateaus, and most importantly, in the mountains. From 1915 to 1918 the 400-mile long front was history's greatest mountain battlefield. Consequently, the men of the opposing armies faced dangers not heard of on, say, the Western Front. Such hazards included frostbite, landslides and avalanches, flash floods and falling, either while climbing or simply pushed off a ledge by the crushing Alpine wind. Join us in a 21-image slide show as we travel the Italian Front from sea-level to mountain tops.

Sources and Thanks: Tony Langley of Antwerp, Belgium, Alessandro Guarino of Italy and Co-Editor Leo Benedetti provided the photos for this feature.

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