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Monte Cassino (Legion of the Damned #6)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,088 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
It's clear why Sven Hassell's books have sold millions. From a no-holds barred description of frontline combat to accounts of partisan attacks and adventures in Rome on leave, his World War II story is a classic. Here, Sven and his comrades who have survived the deadly fighting on the Russian front are posted to Italy, where the armies are locked in battle around the ancie ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cassell (first published 1963)
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David Miller
Sep 18, 2016 David Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, before I read this book I had no idea a tremendous artillery battle was fought at Monte Cassino during the Allied invasion of Italy. I knew Monte Cassino from Thomas Aquinas' residence there, 700 years earlier. It seems the history of the monastery at Monte Cassino stretches back centuries before St. Thomas' arrival.

The Allied bombardment destroyed the monastery, reducing it to a hole in the ground much more effectively than anything ISIS has done lately.

WWII has become something f
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Anna
Apr 19, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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From Sven Hassel's books you can think that the author fought on nearly every possible front of World War II - Stalingrad, Italy, Warsaw, France. But he presents the soldier's life as it can be during brutal fights. Good read.
Jeff Dawson
Feb 20, 2015 Jeff Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been forty years since I read this work but what impressed me most was when the group was attempting to free a Tiger from the mud and the towing cable snapped, severing one of their mates. The next thing I know, the books goes missing. My parents had confiscated it saying “it didn’t depict the war and I had no business reading such garbage.” Four months later I found it and went into hiding till I was finished. It was, and still is, an excellent read detailing the daily lives of soldiers fi ...more
Justin
Jul 12, 2016 Justin rated it liked it
brutal and often insane, especially in a penal unit where they have nothing to lose and have to fight the enemy and their own army.
Matimate
Jun 13, 2010 Matimate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, 2010
The battle over Monte Casino was one of the bloodiest of the WW II and no doubt Hassel decided to put his band there. Sven, Porta, Tiny, Barcelona and others were fighting for survival against masses of Allied forces and yes they managed it again. Sven discovered delights of Rome and walking there with two syphilitic sailors made it even more saucy in a very wrong way. Hassel is his brutal self and the blood and gore is flowing freely and in its gruesome it is very anti-war. He showed us that th ...more
Handrick
"- Gnäll inte, Schmaus, flinade Heide. Ni judar, som överlever, kommer nog att få hämnd. Ni blir heliga och fridlysta. Det skulle inte förvåna mig, ifall det blir förbjudet att kalla er för judar. Adolf gör er en tjänst. Ni kommer att få hämnd på katolikerna. Dem hatar ni ju lika mycket som Heydrich och Himmler hatar dem. Jag tycker mig se i andanom, att ni kommer att beskylla påven för att gasat judarna.

- Det kommer ingen ärlig jude att göra, protesterade Grapa.

- Det finns inga ärliga judar, fl
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Ana
Nov 22, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing
Evidently, I adore this book also, as I do all of Hassel's. I think it's amazing how he is able to describe a bloody, cruel scene with such macabre details, and still make it seem philosophy. So much entertainment, but it's still trying to teach you some life lessons!
Donna
Jun 23, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Am not really one for war, but you can't help but fall for the rouge characters in Svens stories. They draw you in.
Jason Pastor
Mar 29, 2013 Jason Pastor rated it liked it
Not the best entry in the series. The narrative seems to drag on forever. And what is up with US marines in Italy?
Timothy
Jul 15, 2015 Timothy rated it liked it
Pulpy fiction from a WWII Danish collaborator. Graphic, it would make a great B movie!
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Monte Cassino by Sven Hassel (1969)
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Hassel served in the Danish merchant navy till 1937, when he moved to Germany to join the army. He served with the second Panzer Division stationed at Eisenach and in 1939 was a tank driver during the invasion of Poland. A year later he attempted to escape because of being mentally exhausted. He was transferred to a Sonderabteilung, a penal unit manned by criminals and dissidents. He served with t ...more
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