tomisitt Posted 21 January , 2022 Share Posted 21 January , 2022 The Melette battlefield on the Italian front, scene of a ferocious encounter between the two most highly decorated units in this theatre. At the end of the war the hills were cleared of wire and ammunition, but no one filled in the trenches or shell-holes, and here they remain. And it seems no one ever comes here. The elite Sassari brigade (Sardinians) was rushed here from the Isonzo in June 1916 to try and halt the Austrian strafexpedition offensive. They occupied deep defences on the ridge-top, and the fearsome 2nd Bosniak Infantry Regiment attacked uphill against them. The summits of Melette, Spil and Fior changed hands several times, but the Italians eventually prevailed. 208 Bosnians were buried in this cemetery nearby. Unusually on this front, the Italians for once occupied the high ground and got a rare experience of defending good defensive positions Front lines on the left, reserve lines on the reverse slope, communication trenches and tunnels linked the two. For anyone visiting the British sector at Asiago, this is not far up the road. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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