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Cassino: The Hollow Victory: The Battle for Rome, January-June 1944
Cassino The Hollow Victory The Battle for Rome January-June 1944 Author:John Ellis The first six months of 1984 mark the fortieth anniversary of the Allie's tireless efforts to conquer the heights of Monte Cassion, the monastery which was a strategic Italian strongpoint held by units of the German army. — The four campaigns faced long odds from the start. The terrain is virtually impassable: a long spine of steep mountains wit... more »h narrow littorals and rivers draining from the spine--a fromidable natural area on which the Germans had skillfully improved. Wherever Allied forces tried to climb, the Germans had perfect cover and observation points. The Allies, able to utilize only a few rutted roads, found themselves endlessly fighting their way across rivers, always under the guns of the German fortifications above them.
The battles for Monte Cassino were among the bitterest of World War II. A total of 80,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded, as were at least 55,000 Germans. As if nothing had been learned, the fighting was surprisingly similar to the most devastating battles of World War I.
Ellis' emphasis in this book is primarily on the enlisted men--American, British, French, Polish, Canadian, Indian, New Zealanders, Germans--who did the actual fighting under som of the most applaing conditions ever encountered in battle.« less