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The War North Of Rome : June 1944- May 1945 - Thomas Brooks

The War North Of Rome

June 1944- May 1945

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780306812569
Number Of Pages: 448

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The British had a song for it: "Oh, we are the D-Day Dodgers," based on a comment from a female member of Parliament that dismissed all those not on the beaches at Normandy as draft evaders. Indeed, after the invasion of France the Allied armies in Italy found themselves in a forgotten theater of war. Until now, their eleven-month saga of bitter combat and gallant sacrifice has been ignored.The problem for the Allies was that the fall of the Italian capital on June 4, 1944- although a spectacular public relations triumph- did not end the campaign. The Germans had simply conducted a short strategic withdrawal, conceding one objective while proceeding to fortify additional defense lines.From Salerno to Rome, and most famously at Cassino, the Germans took advantage of the mountains, ridges and rivers that crisscross Italy to exact every drop of blood from the Allied forces. Although the press was no longer paying attention, in the north of Rome the process of continued Allied offensives met by a German resistance that alternated between ferocity and flexibility.A notable feature of the combat in Italy was the large mixture of Allied nationalities involved. Although the American Fifth and the British Eighth Armies were the major forces, on different parts of the line fought South Africans, Canadians, Greeks, Nisei, Jews, Poles, French, Gurkhas, Indians and others. The first U.S. black division fought here, as well as the Brazilian contingent (a curiosity to the Germans, who constantly probed their front)."The War North of Rome" features a forward by Senator Bob Dole, who fought in this neglected theater of war. He was one of 364 wounded (98 killed) in his regiment's attack on a series of German-held hills. Though he barely survived the battle he states, "I always felt I was fortunate . . ."By the time Allied forces vanquished the enemy in Italy, Russian soldiers were already dancing on Hitler's grave. Nevertheless, our young men north of Rome fought as bravely, and suffered as much, as troops on any front in WWII. Their record of courage and sacrifice is described here in a long-overdue, comprehensive account.

Forewordp. ix
Roman Triumphp. 1
The Splendid Advancep. 13
Smiling Albertp. 27
Trasimenop. 38
Arezzo Gapp. 52
This Summer Battlep. 64
War of Positionp. 77
Open Cityp. 94
The Partisansp. 118
Pause Along the Arnop. 137
One-Two Punchp. 147
The Second Punchp. 166
Jabbing a Thick Clothp. 177
Dash and Doggednessp. 194
Dead Sectorp. 219
One More Mountainp. 236
One More Riverp. 257
Just Another Milep. 276
One Long Stridep. 289
Christmas Surprisep. 305
Winter Warp. 330
Winter Encorep. 344
Into the Valleyp. 361
As Gallant an Army as Ever Marchedp. 371
Acknowledgmentsp. 389
Bibliographyp. 391
General Indexp. 395
Index of Military Unitsp. 409
Mapsp. 417
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306812569
ISBN-10: 0306812568
Series: June 1944- May 1945
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st March 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.14  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1