Festung Hohensalzburg Castle in Austria

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle (German: Festung Hohensalzburg, literally "High Salzburg Fortress") sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Festung Hohensalzburg Castle is situated at an altitude of 506 m. Early [...]

By | 2017-12-08T01:00:31+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Asiago: World War I

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) or the Trentino Offensive (in Italian: Battaglia degli Altipiani), nicknamed Strafexpedition ("Punitive expedition") by the Austrians, was a counteroffensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 15, 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago in the province of Vicenza (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:28:27+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battles of the Isonzo: World War I

The battles of the Isonzo were so-named because they were fought along the Isonzo River on the eastern sector of the Italian Front between June 1915 and November 1917. The Isonzo is located today in present-day Slovenia. During the First World War however the sixty-mile long river ran north-south just inside Austria along its border with Italy at the head of the Adriatic Sea and then (as now) was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:45:25+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Morgarten 1315: Medieval Battles

November 1315, a small contingent of men from the Swiss Confederacy ambushed a group of Austrian Soldiers near the Morgarten Pass. The Swiss victory furthered the confederacy between Unterwalden, Uri, and Schwyz, the core of modern Switzerland. Recent archaeological excavations near the site of the battle of Morgarten in 1315 have uncovered two knives, a number of arrows, a scabbard, and a cavalier’s spur plus 12 pfennigs or silver [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:51:04+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

It's an event that is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is shot to death along with his wife by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on this day in 1914. The great Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck, the man most responsible for the unification of Germany in 1871, was quoted [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:28:27+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz

With threats emerging from the Russia and Austria, Napoleon abandoned his ambitions to invade England during the summer of 1805 and turned to deal with these new adversaries. Moving with speed and efficiency, 200,000 French troops departed their camps near Boulogne and began crossing the Rhine along a 160-mile front on September 25. Responding to the threat, Austrian General Karl Mack concentrated his army at the fortress of Ulm in Bavaria. [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:20:06+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Renaissance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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