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The annexation of those Austrian territories that were inhabited by Italians became the main Italian war goal, assuming a similar function to the issue of Alsace-Lorraine for the French.
The Sixth Battle of the Isonzo, launched by the Italians in August, resulted in a success greater than the previous attacks.
More importantly, a radical nationalist political movement, called Unredeemed Italy (Italia irredenta), founded in the 1880s, started claiming the Italian-inhabited territories of Austria-Hungary, especially in the Austrian Littoral and in the County of Tyrol.
By the 1910s, the expansionist ideas of this movement were taken up by a significant part of the Italian political elite.
The Italian forces therefore failed to drive much beyond the river, and the battle ended on 7 July 1915.
Despite a professional officer corps, severely under-trained Italian units lacked morale.