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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; New edition edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854109162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854109163
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Ellis has worked hard to extract from war diaries, personal testimony, and war correspondents' stories a vivid and often moving account of what the battles were like for the troops taking part in them.

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John Ellis, described by Len Deighton as 'one of the best historians we have', is the author of ten highly praised books, including A Social History the of Machine Gun, Eye-Deep in Hell, Brute Force, One Day in a Very Long War and The World War I and World War II Databooks.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Time on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the finest book I have ever read about the dreadful battles that took place in and around Cassino. The author has a firm grasp of his facts and blends everything into a thoroughly readable and, for the layman, understandable portrait of the 4 main battles fought. He presents the German view as well as that of the Allies of all nations who fought and suffered there. As well as writing about the Grand strategy behind the battles he gives outstangly good narratives of what it was like for the frontline soldiers of all nationalities. It makes harrowing reading at times but you are left with a lasting and vivid impression of the suffering of those who fought.

For anyone requiring an understanding of the battles fought at Cassino then this should be the standard reference book. It is outstanding and very highly recommended.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By very happy on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I would like to thank Mr J. Frost, there was a slight delay in the post, but a hand written letter from J frost explained why, apart from that the book was very clean, and as near new as a used book could be.
very happy , thank you again
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Detailed and extensive account of Cassino Battle 16 Dec. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
This book was first published in 1984 and is still one of the better researched books covering the fighting around Cassino in Italy in 1944. In over 587 pages the author covers nearly ever facet of the fighting both from the Allied side and the Axis. From the soldier in the ruined villages and trenches to the Top Brass wondering what to do next. This is a well researched and well presented account and the story moves along with numerous maps and B&W photos to assist the reader. This is as good an account you will get covering this battle.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Definitive History of this Forgotten Campaign 30 July 2008
By A. Courie - Published on
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John Ellis's "Cassino: The Hollow Victory: The Battle for Rome January-June 1944" is the definitive book on this overlooked battle in World War II. Ellis describes the four battles that made up this campaign in Italy from January through June 1944.

Ellis focuses on the big picture during the battles, and - with the help of excellent maps - does an excellent job describing the various actions on the front. He describes the commanders' planning, tactics, and decision-making during the battle, while also describing the conditions for the soldiers on the front lines. He also includes lots of useful information, such as orders of battle, in the many appendices.

Ellis also does an excellent job critiquing and analyzing the commanders and their decisions during the battle, along with an in-depth discussion of the bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino. His insight and comments are well-supported and add a lot to this book. He also argues persuasively that the Allied victory was hollow because they let the German Army escape to fight another 11 months when they could have achieved a decisive strategic victory.

This is an excellent book on the battles around Cassino that led to the capture of Rome. Ellis gives an excellent description of the battle and this book should be read by anyone with any interest in World War II. This is a 4 1/2-star book.
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The true story. 5 Mar. 2012
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My father fought in Italy and never talked about it. After reading book detailing hardships of the common foot soldier I understand why. Very revealing and expertly researched.
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