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At the Battle of Custoza, near Verona, Austrian troops halt the Italian invasion of Venetia.

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06/24/1866

Italy, allied with Prussia against Austria in hope of "redeeming" Italian-speaking Austrian territory, had declared war four days before and invaded Venetia.  Outnumbered Austrian forces met the incursion near the small town of Custoza, southwest of Verona, and inflicted a heavy defeat, forcing the Italians back across the border.  The Italians lost more than eight thousand men, killed, wounded, and captured.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"German-Italian War," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 360-362.

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