Why did Italy get involved in WWI?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The alliances Italy made before the war should have caused it to enter the war on the side of the Triple Alliance with Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Italy, however, didn't honor its original agreements and waited for the war to progress in hopes of ensuring that it joined the victorious side.

Italy finally joined the war after England offered up the opportunity to join the Triple Entente with the promise of Italy securing territory around the Adriatic Sea.  The purpose of Italy's entrance was to create a new front in the war and to divide the troops of the enemy, thus weakening them.


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