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Eighth Army in Italy 1943-45: The Long Hard Slog Kindle Edition
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A book well worth the price. I recommend it.
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.
Much of what is written , in this book, rings true, esp Anzio.
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