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Monte Cassino

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Monte Cassino by Matthew Parker
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May 10, 2005 | ISBN 9781400033751

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“[An] exemplary, heartbreaking book.” –The Washington Post"Monte Cassino [was] perhaps the most interesting campaign of all. . . . [A] moving and well-researched book." —The Economist “Few people today realize that British and American soldiers fought in a battle that compares to Stalingrad for human suffering. Monte Cassino is a fitting tribute: an important and beautifully written book, told with real understanding and pathos.” –Daily Telegraph “One of the true epics of infantry war in World War II…. A gripping story of incompetence, courage, cowardice and almost every other human emotion that war can excite.” –Irish Independent“Deeply felt. . . . A fine book on a heartbreaking tragedy.” –Irish Times“An excellent account of the hardest fighting carried out by the Western allies.” –The Independent on Sunday“Good accounts have been written of the battle before, but none has managed to convey the sheer awfulness of fighting with quite the same success. . . . Parker has produced a deeply moving, richly detailed, and fast-paced account of the most infamous British battle of the Second World War.” –Sunday Telegraph“A careful reconstruction of the Allied campaign. . . . An accomplished study.” –Kirkus Reviews“Parker captures the heroism, horror, and sheer brutality of a battle that rivals Stalingrad for savagery. . . . An outstanding chronicle illustrating both valor and futility.” –Booklist “Parker captures the horrific nature of the combat. . . . An oustanding example of military history, Parkers’ study is of the same caliber as John Ellis’s masterpiece, Cassion: The Hollow Victory, and should be in every World War II collection.” –Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Introduction: The Monastery and the Gustav Line

PART ONE: Sicily to Cassino
1: The Casablanca Conference and the Invasion of Sicily
2: The Invasion of Italy
3: The Gustav Line
4: Into the Gustav Line

PART TWO: The First Battle
5: British X Corps on the Garigliano: The Left Hook
6: Bloody River
7: Anzio and Cassino
8: The Cassino Massif

PART THREE: The Second Battle
9: The Destruction of the Monastery
10: Snakeshead Ridge
11: Lull at Cassino, Counterattack at Anzio

PART FOUR: The Third Battle
12: The Battle for Cassino Town
13: Castle Hill
14: The Green Devils of Cassino

PART FIVE: The Fourth Battle
15: Deception
16: Break-In
17: Amazon Bridge
18: The Monastery

Postscript: Surviving the Peace

Appendix 1: A Typical British Infantry
Battalion, 1943–44
Appendix 2: Orders of Battle
Select Bibliography

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