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This review is from: Monte Cassino: The Story of the Hardest-fought Battle of World War Two (Paperback)
This account of the Allies attempts to capture Monte Cassino from the Germans is a shattering emotional rollercoaster of a book. The factual narrative is told with the insertion of frequent personal accounts of the experiences of the soldiers on both sides. In hindsight it is clear that the campaign in Italy was a sideshow to the build-up of forces in readiness for D-Day. The soldiers in Italy became increasingly aware of this and of the limited value of their task. In fact the author quotes from a song whereby the soldiers ironically regarded themselves as "D-Day Dodgers".
The Italian campaign and the reckless decisions made in it was all the evidence that the cynics of warfare could require in condemning pointless slaughter. Decisions were made in authority with little regard for the safety of the infantry and many thousands of brave men lost their lives unnecessarily.
I suggest the book is read at a leisurely pace. To do otherwise risks a very intimidating experience.