L' aviazione italiana nella grande guerra, Milan 2011, pp.
AFM Foundation. However, not all pilots adapted to the stress of air warfare or were inclined to prima donna behaviour. It lacked both the large military and industrial base of her enemies and was certainly not prepared for large-scale warfare.
In May 1915, on the eve of Italy entering the war, the aviation of the Royal Army had yet to be organized, and could only count on around eighty airplanes and a few dozen pilots, beside the few air vehicles assigned to the Royal Navy. AF Historical Studies Office. The aviation, besides proving to be an eclectic and decisive offensive and defensive weapon during the conflict, also became an effective propaganda tool in all the countries at war.
La Grande guerra aerea 1915-1918. I caduti dell'aviazione italiana nella Grande Guerra , Rome 2014: A fighter plane had reached a cost amounting to 50,000-60,000 Lire, while a bomber plane cost Lire 200,000-215,000 Lire. On 30 May, a P. Caffarena, Fabio: The Italian government had become convinced that support of the Central Powers would not gain Italy the territories she wanted as they were Austrian possessions — Italy's old adversary.
After the war ended, at the Paris Peace Conference that led to the Versailles Treaty, the Italian government struggled against the other Allied leaders, the Big Three Britain, France and the US , to gain all that they believed had been promised to them. Tra storia, mito e tecnologia. The frequency of offensives for which the Italian soldiers partook, one every three months, was higher than demanded by the armies on the Western Front and had a significant effect on morale. Atlante storico della letteratura italiana 2012, pp.
Le ali del potere. La propaganda aeronautica nell'Italia fascista , Turin 2010: If we are to dig under the imaginary aviation monument of the Great War, we must redefine the borders of a myth which appears to be less monolithic than a rooted celebratory narration, fed for decades by historiography and by the media, would have us believe.
The personal dossiers of the Royal Army aviators, held within the Historical Office of the General Aeronautic Staff in Rome, are an important resource for information. Some individuals were declared apt to fly despite visual, auditive or vestibular deficits, or even despite invalidating disablements; this tolerance was countered by a high percentage of dismissed candidates who were sent back to their respective units.
Translated by: This event occurred little more than a year after the first flight of an Italian-designed and built aircraft. Porro, Felice: However, the pressing need to boost the aeronautic component, especially during certain phases of the war, led to a flexible application of the selective parameters. This resulted in a victory over the Italians in the Battle of Caporetto otherwise known as the Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo.