HELL IN THE TRENCHES: AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN STORMTROOPERS AND ITALIAN ARDITI IN THE GREAT WAR
240pp., 100 photos., 8 maps. 2018. The Austro-Hungarian Storm Troopers and the Italian Arditi of World War I were elite special forces charged with carrying out bold raids and daring attacks. These units were comprised of hand picked soldiers that possessed above average courage, physical prowess as well as specific combat skills. Many military historians have argued that World War I was mainly a static war of positional attrition, but these special shock troops where responsible for developing breakthrough tactics of both fire and movement that marked a significant change in strategy.