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Biography of Count Luigi Cadorna


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Cadorna, Count Luigi. Italian general, member of a famous noble family. Cadorna was born at Pallanza in 1850. He began his military education at the age of 10, and in 1868 graduated at the head of his class from the military academy at Turin. In 1883 he was made major of infantry. In 1896 he was called to the general staff, and in 1910 was designated commander of an army corps. Following the declaration of war against Austria-Hungary in 1915, Cadorna was placed in command of the Italian armies, conducting the operations on the Isonzo, which led to the capture of Gorizia. After the great Italian retreat of October-November 1917, Cadorna relinquished the chief command to Diaz, and became a member of the supreme war council of the Allies.