Italy in wwi

#1
What were the expectations when Italy entered the war? Did the Entente powers believe that now all would soon be over?

What do historians nowadays say - should Italy have won quickly with good belligerence?
 

Belisarius

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Jun 2006
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#2
Italy's entery into the war freed up a few French divisions guarding the Alpine passes between France and italy and tied up sizeable Austro-Hungarian forces for most of the war, so helping Russia. Italian campaigns in Albania were generally insignificant, but served to irritate Greece.

The Italians fought well at the first battle of the Izonzo, but were constrained by the terrain they had to fight over. Italy's participation by itself could never have won the war for the allies, however.
 
Jul 2006
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Hellas
#3
Italy's entery into the war freed up a few French divisions guarding the Alpine passes between France and italy and tied up sizeable Austro-Hungarian forces for most of the war, so helping Russia. Italian campaigns in Albania were generally insignificant, but served to irritate Greece.

The Italians fought well at the first battle of the Izonzo, but were constrained by the terrain they had to fight over. Italy's participation by itself could never have won the war for the allies, however.
I agree, Italy opened one more front and forced the Austrians to stretch their forces but certainly the Central powers had still many resources in 1915 to last 2-3 more years.