Faced by Italian superior forces, Austro-Hungarian commands decided on the defence from high altitudes on the southern edges of the Julian Alps, and concurrently had to get familiar with the aggravated supply of their units. This was carried out across mountain passes which were occasionally impassable in winter.
Camps were set up on the relatively safe northern slopes, where snow lay as long as eight months in two extremely harsh winters. This is also evidenced in photographs with which photographers wanted to document the extreme hardships, the landscape they would remember for the rest of their lives, and also moments of friendly gathering and rest.
We can travel with them across the vast mountainous rear of this battlefield, we can touch trenches in the area of Bovec basin and the mountains above it, and this time we stop in the highest-lying camps at Veliki Peski and Mali Peski – only a shooting range from the battlefield of Mt. Batognica. We shall climb this mountain in the following years and continue on an even bloodier mountain, Mt. Mrzli Vrh, and further down to the Tolmin bridgehead by the River Soča.