WWI: Alberto Pollio dies

Edinburgh Eye

Alberto PollioAlberto Pollio, the chief of the Italian general staff, died early on Wednesday morning, 1st July 1914, in Turin, aged 62. He had entered the Naples military college in 1860, aged 8, and was first commissioned as a sub-lieutenant of artillery in 1870. He had written military histories of Waterloo and Custozza which had been widely translated and praised.

Lieutenant-General Pollio was an enthusiastic supporter of the Triple Alliance of 1882 between Italy, Germany, and Austria-Hungary, despite the historical enmity of the Austro-Hungarian Empire towards Italy.

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2 thoughts on “WWI: Alberto Pollio dies

  1. Strange that an influential Italian supporter of alliance with Germany should die a month before the outbreak of the war. This left the door open for Italy to later come in on the side of the allies instead. Just shows that there is nothing new about conspiracy theories.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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