Mount Palon, massif of GrappaMount Palon, massif of Grappa

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The Palon Mount (1306m) has a strategic position in the Eastern part of the Grappa mounts. It dominates the mount Tomba by 500m and constituted a critical observation post for artillery batteries settled around mount Grappa. It was a real fortress, with trenches, galleries and caves where artillery and the machine guns were installed.

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Pursuing the Italians after Caporetto, the Austrians attacked the mount Palm on 13th November 1917 for 10 consecutive days, causing heavy losses on both sides.

The strong Italian resistance stopped them. They tried again in December but on the 11th December, the Italian counter attacked, leading to the encirclement of the troops of General Krauss.

From 15th to 24th June 1918, the Austrians retried, without more success.

The final battle took place from 24th to 28th October 1918 between the Austrian 129th Regiment (50th division of infantry, XV Corp) and the Italian 80th "Alpini" division.

It ended with an Italian victory.

Very nice climb by road from the mount Tomba. Beautiful views to the South on the plain of Venice and North to the Dolomites.

Many vestiges : remains of trenches, barbed wire, galleries...
The shelter has been refurbished.

Several memorial have been built jointly by the Austrian (Black Crosses from Styria) and the Italians (Alpine hunters from Possagno) to the memory of dead combatants with a message of peace and brotherhood for the peoples of Europe.

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Visit duration: 

1/2 hour.

Entry fees: 

Free.

Access security: 

From October, the road is closed.