Invasion of the Italian Mainland (häftad)
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Pen & Sword Military
250 black and white illustrations
244 x 188 x 18 mm
590 g
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Invasion of the Italian Mainland (häftad)

Invasion of the Italian Mainland

Salerno to the Gustav Line, 1943 1944

Häftad Engelska, 2018-02-05
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In September 1943, shortly after the conquest of Sicily, the Allied armies made amphibious assaults on the Italian Mainland at Calabria, Taranto and along the Gulf of Salerno beaches. The Italian Government quickly capitulated but the Germans fought on. Although the British XIII Corps and 1st Airborne s attacks were largely uncontested in Calabria and Taranto, the Allied Fifth Army s beachheads at Salerno underwent savage Nazi counterattacks. After Salerno, the Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies continued their advance north initially to the ports of Naples and Bari before struggling through Italian massifs, held up by a determined enemy and unfavourable ground and weather. In January 1944, the Fifth Army s X, II and French Expeditionary Corps attacked across the Garigliano and Rapido Rivers with the aim of breaking through the Gustav Line fortifications. The Nazi defence at the town of Cassino just succeeded in halting the two-week Allied attack during First Battle of Cassino and the Gustav Line was to be the scene of fierce fighting for months.
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Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the USA with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific and Invasion of Sicily are published by Pen and Sword in their Images of War series.