Matthew Parker: Monte Cassino: The Story of the Hardest-fought Battle of World War Two

Monte Cassino: The Story of the Hardest-fought Battle of World War Two


The six-month battle for Monte Cassino was Britain's bitterest and bloodiest encounter with the German army on any front in World War Two. At the beginning of 1944 Italy was the western Allies' only active front against Nazi-controlled Europe, and their only route to the capital was through the Liri valley. Towering over the entrance to the valley was the medieval monastery of Monte Cassino, a seemingly impenetrable fortress high up in the 'bleak and sinister' mountains. This was where the German commander, Kesselring, made his stand. MONTE CASSINO tells the extraordinary story of ordinary soldiers tested to the limits under conditions reminiscent of the bloodbaths of World War One. In a battle that became increasingly political, symbolic and personal as it progressed, more and more men were asked to throw themselves at the virtually impregnable German defences. It is a story of incompetence, hubris and politics redeemed at dreadful cost by the heroism of the soldiers.

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Author: Matthew Parker
Number of Pages: 480 pages
Published Date: 02 Aug 2004
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication Country: London, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9780755311767
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