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Anzio: The Gamble that Failed (1963)

by Martin Blumenson

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Anzio, a small town a mere hour's drive from Rome, became a battleground on which both Allies and Germans paid a bloody price. Planned by Churchill as a swift amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 battle of Anzio has been viewed by some as one of the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied war effort, and by others as one of the war's singular lost opportunities. Blumenson examines the actions of the men involved, including Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes into account records from Allied and German sources.… (more)
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The title says it all. But, the genesis of the battle is examined and the description of the operation is carefully and clearly written. As I read the book in 1965, I must have read an earlier edition. If you want to know abut the Italian campaign, this is one of the basic books. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 10, 2021 |
Pretty good narrative history of a World War II amphibious landing designed to prepare the army for Normandy. ( )
  stpnwlf | Jul 16, 2007 |
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Anzio, a small town a mere hour's drive from Rome, became a battleground on which both Allies and Germans paid a bloody price. Planned by Churchill as a swift amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 battle of Anzio has been viewed by some as one of the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied war effort, and by others as one of the war's singular lost opportunities. Blumenson examines the actions of the men involved, including Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes into account records from Allied and German sources.

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