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Lagazuoi Front

The Italian advance towards Val Badia, Val Pusteria and Brennero was halted at the Valparola Pass in the face of the Austrian trenches.

Realising the futility of surface to surface attacks both armies began to excavate galleries and caverns in the mountain with the intent of blowing up their adversaries and fortifying their own positions.

Inside Lagazuoi today it is still possible to see the long tunnels, wooden huts, emplacements and trenches which form the open air museum of the Great War.

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The trenches of the two opposing armies snaked their way along the summits of the mountains around Lagazuoi: Tofane, Castelletto, Great Lagazuoi, Sasso di Stria, Settsas , Col di Lana and Marmolada .

At the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) and Averau spread the second Italian line with artillery emplacements and floodlights to light up the mountain side of Lagazuoi.

It was soon clear to both sides that the best protection from enemy artillery fire was provided by the mountain itself and so began the excavations with emplacements and encampments transforming Piccolo Lagazuoi into a natural fortification.

The map of gallery

To the Austrians, we owe the detailed plans of all the Lagazuoi galleries remained after the retreat of the Italian army in November 1917, following the defeat at Caporetto.

The illustration shows the location of the first 10 gallery systems on Piccolo Lagazuoi. 

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The Martini Ledge

The Martini Ledge was the most important emplacement in this sector of the front.

During the course of the war accommodation, field kitchens and warehouses, a cableway station, a forge, a telephone exchange, carpentry shop, orderly room and medical posts were all constructed.

The emplacements on the ledge were capable of hitting the Austro-Hungarian trenches in the Valparola Pass , causing significant losses and providing a precise guide for the Italian artillery fire from Averau and the Cinque Torri into those lines.

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