Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome - 1944

Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome - 1944

by Lloyd Clark


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802143266
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 764,499
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Maps     xi
Introduction     xiii
Cast List     xix
Prologue     xxi
The Italian Job: Allied Strategy and the Invasion of Italy 1942-1943     1
Viktor, Barbara, Bernhardt and Gustav: The Italian Campaign October-November 1943     31
The Anatomy of a Wild Cat: December 1943-January 1944     61
Style Over Substance: 22 January 1944     91
The Nudge: 23 January-2 February     119
The Spring Released: 3-19 February     157
Changes: 20 February-mid-March     195
Entrenchment: Mid-Marceh May     225
Diadem: 11-24 May     265
The Eternal City: 25 May-June     295
Conclusion     321
Epilogue     329
Notes     333
Select Bibliography of Published Sources     365
Order of Battle     373
Glossary     379
Index     381

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Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome -- 1944 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
9653861 4 months ago
The facts of the event(s) are an elightenment about that time in WWII. However, the publisher and printers should do a double take of their efforts. The misspelled words are too frequently found in this book. Shame!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember a motion picture about Anzio many years ago but it did not even come close to the story related in this excellent book. I felt like I was there in the vivid recount of this book. I am confused about what is the thuth about the criticism of the actions or lack of them of Clark and specially Lucas. I am looking forward to read other books by the author. E. J. Cosio
Anonymous More than 1 year ago