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I. ý I- IN THE REGION WHERE A BATTALION OF ALPINI DESCENDED A PRECIPICE ON ROPES AiD My sketch,” writes Mr. Julius Price, onveys only a faint idea of the difficulties which have to be contended with in this mountainous region, where Nature appears to have combined: THE T AN ADVANCE IN FRUI, N AR DRSNIZA. with the Austrans forming an immense barrier to oppose the advance of the Italian Am t ,. N AUSTRIAN FORCE: THE ITALIAN ADVANCE IN FRIULI NEAR DRISNIZZA. Na t ppa hveco e¢
wt- Y– g LIN KUPES At My sketch,” writes Mr. Julius Price, ” conveys only a faint idea of the difficulties which have to be contended with in this mountainous region, where Nature appears to have combined with the Austr:ans in forming an immense barrier to oppose the advance of the Italian Army towards the plains on the northern slope of the Carnian Alps. Here and there one finds level slots such as I have shown, and of which advantage is generally taken for camping purposes, but the character of the entire country presents natuhral difficulties, which will require all the daring of the Italians to overcome. Artillery is concealed on the wooded heights, which at first sight appear almost inaccessible, and reconnaissance by aeroplane is quite out of the quest.on The tents I show in my sketch are invariably carried by the Italian troops. They shelter four men each, and are in four separate parts, one portion being carried by each of the four men who occupy it. They strike me as being extremely practical and not in the least cumbersome.” The peak in the background towards the left is Monte Nero, and below
it are seen Italian shells bursting on Austrian positions on the mountain. There is a slight fall of snow showing on the topmost ridge. Lower down clouds are seen drifting through the valley: An Italian official communllsq of June 17 said : ” Additional reports bring into the strongest relief the daring of the enterprise accom2lished at dawn yesterday in the Monte Nero zone in the face of very great difficulties of tecrrain, against dominating positions, and under an intense hostile bombardment. We have taken up to the present 600o prisoners, including 30 officers, and we have also captured very many rifles and z machine-guns.” In the first advance on Monte Nero the Italians gained possession of an Austrian fort through a daring exploit on the part of the Alpini. The Austrians neade a sortie, but the ist Battalion of Alpini descended a precipice by ropes, fell upon the enemy and decimated them, taking several hundred prisoners. The Alpini continued the advance on Monte Nero. Eventually the Italians were able ti place guns in position on the mountain.-[Draring C.o,prirhted -a t.t (sled Sbues and Canada.1