At the beginning of 1944, Italy was the western Allies' only active front against Nazi-controlled Europe, and their only route to the capital was through the Liri valley. Towering over the entrance to the valley was the medieval monastery of Monte Cassino, a seemingly impenetrable fortress high up in the "bleak and sinister" mountains. This was where the German commander, Kesselring, made his stand. This study tells the extraordinary story of ordinary soldiers tested to the limits under conditions more typical of the horrors of World War I. In a battle that became increasingly political, symbolic and personal as it progressed, more and more men were asked to throw themselves at the virtually impregnable German defences. It is a story of incompetence, hubris and politics, redeemed at dreadful cost by the heroism of the soldiers. Over 350,000 men were killed or wounded in the six-month struggle and this is their story.
Matthew Parker is also the author of "The Battle of Britain".Review:
'Monte Cassino is a fitting tribute: an important and beautifully written book, told with real understanding and pathos for those who withstood the Western Allies' bloodiest encounter with the German army' -- James Holland, Daily Telegraph 20031011 'Parker has produced a deeply moving, richly detailed and fast-paced account of the most infamous British battle of the Second World War' -- Saul David, Sunday Telegraph 20031012 'Published in time for the sixtieth anniversary of the battle, Monte Cassino deserves to be widely read' -- Gary Sheffield, Living History 20030311 'Some excellent passages' -- Norman Stone, Sunday Times 20031102 'Moving and well-researched' -- Economist 20030920 'A pacy and informative addition to the military history of a much-neglected campaign' -- Glasgow Herald 20031011
Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110755311752
Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0755311752