The Imperial War Museum Book of the War in Italy, 1943-1945
A Vital Contribution to Victory in EuropeBook - 2002
The Allies fought the Germans in Italy from July 1943 to May 1945, in a campaign perhaps more reminiscent of the First World War. The terrain was difficult, the weather bitter, the adversaries fierce and in no way inferior in strength. As the author contends, the Allies felt they played "second fiddle to the cross-channel invasion; that victory was not going to be won by them, and that their sacrifices and suffering were not essential to it and would not be appreciated." Had the Germans been able to deploy their forces in Italy against the D-Day landings and subsequent offensive, there could have been a very different situation in Northern Europe in 1944-45. The hard-fought campaign in Italy, so vividly portrayed in this book, probably made the difference.
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2002
Characteristics: xvii, 350 p. : ill., maps ; cm
Alternative Title: War in Italy, 1943-1945
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