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Beyond Rome to the Alps (Paperback)

Across the Arno and Gothic Line, 1944–1945

WWII Rome Photo Books Colour Books WWII Photographic Books

By Jon Diamond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 227
ISBN: 9781526727091
Published: 15th August 2018


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Rome was liberated on 5 June 1944 but the Italian campaign had another eleven gruelling months to run. The US Fifth and British Eighth Armies drove across the Arno River, capturing Florence on 5 August. Once again The Wehrmacht’s Tenth and Fourteenth Armies eluded destruction, withdrawing into the Gothic Line in the Northern Apennines. The Eighth Army, advancing along the Adriatic coast and the Fifth Army in the mountains north of Florence penetrated this strong German defensive belt between 25 August and the end of September. Yet the Allied campaign stalled due to a lethal combination of supply and manpower shortages, the early onset of winter and the rugged terrain favouring the German defenders.

The Allied April spring offensive saw Eighth Army breakthrough the Argenta Gap into the Po Valley, while Fifth Army captured Bologna.. After crossing the Po River the Allies fanned out across Northern Italy, before the Nazi surrender on 3 May 1945.

These dramatic events are described in words and images in this superb Images of War book.

I found this another good book in the Images of War series from author Jon Diamond and one that does well to help remember those troops who fought and in many cases died as the war was in it's final stages.

Read the complete review online here.

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About Jon Diamond

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the UK with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits and War in the South Pacific are published by Pen and Sword in their Images of War series.

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