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Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome - 1944

by Lloyd Clark

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To my mind this is a long-overdue account of operations in Sicily and Southern Italy. Clark gives some superb details and analysis of the strategic situation and the culture of the allied armies/commanders involved, before going into detail on the operations to land in Sicily and then in Italy proper. I'm impressed with the amount of work that's gone into this, he's obviously done his work in the archives, both Axis and Allied. ( )
  Donogh | Aug 3, 2007 |
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“Masterly . . . a heartbreaking, beautifully told story of wasted sacrifice.” —Vince Rinehart, The Washington Post
The Allied attack of Normandy beach and its resultant bloodbath have been immortalized in film and literature, but the U.S. campaign on the beaches of Western Italy reigns as perhaps the deadliest battle of World War II’s western theater. In January 1944, about six months before D-Day, an Allied force of thirty-six thousand soldiers launched one of the first attacks on continental Europe at Anzio, a small coastal city thirty miles south of Rome. The assault was conceived as the first step toward an eventual siege of the Italian capital. But the advance stalled and Anzio beach became a death trap. After five months of brutal fighting and monumental casualties on both sides, the Allies finally cracked the German line and marched into Rome on June 5, the day before D-Day. Richly detailed and fueled by extensive archival research of newspapers, letters, and diaries—as well as scores of original interviews with surviving soldiers on both sides of the trenches—Anzio is a harrowing and incisive true story by one of today’s finest military historians.

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Anzio was one of the most ferocious battles of the Second World War. Drawing on the experience of Allied and German politicians, commanders and soldiers, Lloyd Clark unfolds a remarkable story to reveal the unrelenting friction of war.

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