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On to Rome: Anzio and Victory at Cassino, 1944 (Paperback)

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By Jon Diamond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781526732538
Published: 2nd May 2018

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Early in 1944 the Allied advance was halted by the German defence of the Gustav Line. Even with the deployment of Eighth Army reinforcements from the Adriatic, every effort to capture Monte Cassino failed.

Fifth Army’s VI Corps’ amphibious landing at Anzio in January, while initially successful stalled in the face of formidable German counter-attacks and the beach-head was effectively besieged.

The stalemate at Anzio and along the Gustav Line was finally broken in mid May by the Allied Spring offensive. After bitter fighting and the total destruction of the famous Benedictine Abbey, the Germans began their withdrawal towards Rome. Days later the reinforced VI Corps broke out of the Anzio bridgehead and linked up with Fifth Army units on 25 May. But by evading the Allied attempt to trap them south of Rome and despite Rome being occupied by the Allies in early June the bulk of the German 14th Army lived to fight another day. The Italian campaign had another nine costly months to run.

This superbly researched account traces the course of the bitterly fought battles between January and June 1944 in words and images.

Another fine set of photos from the Italian campaign, accompanied by very readable text from author Jon Diamond that gives a good understanding of the historical events. A good example I think of why the Images of War series has proved so successful.

Read the 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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