Mount Pasubio, Southern Escarpment

Mount Pasubio, rising to an altitude of 2,000 metres from its valley floor. It represented the last line of alpine defence against the Austrian Spring offensive of 1916, and the first point at which the Italian defenders managed to stem the Hapsburg tide. General Graziani, a Pattonesque disciplinarian and militarist, issued a famously effusive order of the day to its successful defenders, exclaiming `I could kiss each and every one of you.'