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Cassino - The Four Battles January - May 1944

By Ken Ford , Chappell

ISBN: 9781861263957
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): March 2001
PAGES: 120
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 312 x 234 mm
INSIDE: 8 pages colour, 100 black & white photographs

Expertly fortified and stubbornly defended by some of Germany’s finest troops, the glowering Cassino massif and the devastated town at its foot defied assault by American, British, French, Indian, New Zealand and Polish troops from January until May 1944. When the Gustav and Hitler Line defences were finally swept aside by Field Marshal Alexander’s great Operation ‘Diadem’ in May, General Mark Clark’s controversial decision to drive on Rome itself rather than cutting off the retreating German Tenth Army cast into question the prize actually gained by those five months of bloodletting.

The grim story of the Four Battles of Cassino is told here in fascinating detail, supported by detailed appendices and some hundred photographs and maps; and illustrated by a striking portfolio of specially commissioned colour plates of troops of eight of the armies involved, by the renowned military artist Mike Chappell.

RRP: £35

Site Price: £28.00

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