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Countdown to Cassino : the Battle of Mignano Gap 1943 - BOWLBY ALEDX

Countdown to Cassino

the Battle of Mignano Gap 1943

Hardcover Published: 16th March 1994
ISBN: 9780850524109
Number Of Pages: 221

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Due to the emotive appeal of the battles for Monte Cassino and the controversy which surrounded the destruction of the ancient Benedictine abbey which crowned it, the importance of the preceding battle for the Mignano Gap has been largely and unjustly ignored by military historians. In this book Alex Bowlby sets out to restore the balance.
In the autumn of 1943 the German Bernhardt Line ran through the Mignano Gap and there the XIV Panzer Korps held up the advancing US 5th Army, of which a third was made up of British troops, while defensive positions were prepared at Cassino. Had the Allies broken through before the fortifications were complete, the Road to Rome would have been open. In the event, however, it took eight divisions two months to advance seven miles at a cost of 16,000 battle casualties and 50,000 non-battle casualties caused by the appalling weather, inferior equipment and the strain of mountain fighting. The 5th Army had exhausted itself. On 13 November the Germans actually thought that they had lost the battle but on that same day the American Commander, General Mark Clark, called off the attack. By the time it was resumed the defences of Cassino were complete.
Bowlby, who has interviewed and corresponded with many of the battle's veterans, skilfully weaves into his text many first-hand accounts of the bloody fighting in the rugged and inhospitable terrain around Mignano. His book fills an important gap in the story of the Italian campaign and pays long-overdue tribute to the bravery of the men - British, American and Canadian - who fought in this curiously neglected overture to the battles to come. It certainly deserves to stand beside Fred Majdalany's classic account of Cassino on the shelves of all military historians.

Kesselring and the Raising of the German 10th Armyp. 1
Lt-General Mark Clark and the Raising of the US 5th Armyp. 9
The 10th Army's Retreat from Salerno. XIV Panzer Korps' Retreat to the Volturno. Hube and the Bernhardt Linep. 13
From the Volturno to the Winter Linep. 19
First Time Upp. 56
Interludep. 82
Camino Massif II, Monte Pantano, San Pietro, Monte Lungo, Monte Sammucrop. 107
General Walker Tries Againp. 158
Postscriptp. 175
Referencesp. 177
Sources and Bibliographyp. 186
Appendicesp. 192
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780850524109
ISBN-10: 0850524105
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 221
Published: 16th March 1994
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.52