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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844156370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844156375
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Doherty is recognised as Ireland's leading military history author with 15 published works to his credit. He is the author of A Noble Crusade: The History of the Eighth Army 1941-1945 and The Thin Green Line - The History of the RUC GC (published by Pen and Sword, 2004). He has also worked on TV historical series including The Sons of Ulster and The Siege Chronicles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Peat on 7 April 2013
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More than just the sadness of Cassino and a good introuction to the campaign in full, slips from time to time into the frequent military historians trap of losing the reader with insufficient grasp of the big picture to follow each event
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scrivener on 18 Dec. 2007
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Typical of this author, this book is exceptionally well written and exhaustively researched. It tells the story of Britain's most famous field army of the 20th century in the Italian campaign that lasted from September 1943 until May 1945. There's no doubt that Doherty knows the British Army of the Second World War as well as anybody and he seems to have a special affinity with the Italian campaign. This book is enlightening on the difficulties of the campaign, so different from that in the Desert where Eighth Army was born, and of the qualities of the generals who commanded the Army. Montgomery was the best known but the author argues that the best of the three commanders in Italy was the last, Sir Richard McCreery. Having read this book I'm inclined to agree. But there is much more, on logistics, on tactics, on medical back-up and on innovation and the author is not afraid to describe the warts - the morale and desertion problems that beset Eighth Army but which were overcome before it embarked on its final and most dramatic offensive, Operation Buckland.
A book well worth the price. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald White on 15 Aug. 2014
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My father was in 8th Army in North Africa, and Italy, as a Gunner with 113th Regt Royal Artillery, 25 pounder field guns.
Much of what is written , in this book, rings true, esp Anzio.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Themilitaryhistorian on 9 Jan. 2011
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Richard Doherty's book Eighth Army in Italy 1943-1945 carries the sub-titled The long Hard Slog and this just about sums up the frustration of the painfully slow and costly journey up the length of the Italy forced upon Eighth Army by Allied planners under the main instigation of Winston Churchill. Italy was not the ideal place for modern combat; so formidable are the obstacles to waging war effectively on the Italian peninsula that military strategists have on several occasions classified it as `technically absurd'. The topography of the country most definitely favoured the defender.

Doherty paints a picture of two years of desperate fighting, slow achievement and mounting losses. The army commanders could do little to influence the course of the campaign: Monty was frustrated by having to apply First World War infantry tactics to get grind his way forward over the Biferno, Trigno and Sangro Rivers until the stalemate of the first Italian winter closed him down; Leese then had to contend with the great enemy bastions of Cassino and the dreaded Liri Valley defence lines before he left the theatre for the Far East and McCreery was confronted with the mountainous Gothic Line and the great flood plain of the River Po.

This is a sound work of military history, researched and written by a well-regarded modern military historian. Richard Doherty's has verified his narrative with good notes, a comprehensive list of sources and an excellent bibliography. He also includes a wealth of eye-witness accounts of the campaign and numerous insights into the experiences and character of many of its participants, all of which combine to make the book a very fascinating read. If you are looking for a sound understanding of the British and Commonwealth contribution towards final victory in the Mediterranean theatre during the Second World War, then this is the book you have to have on your bookshelf.
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