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Fatal Decision

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Fatal Decision is a powerful, dramatic, moving, and ultimately definitive narrative of one of the most desperate campaigns of World War II. In the winter of 1943-44, Anzio, a small Mediterranean resort and port some thirty-five miles south of Rome, played a crucial role in the fortunes of World War II as the target of an amphibious Allied landing. The Allies planned to byp ...more
ebook, 608 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 1st 1991)
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The entire Italian campaign in World War II was something of a strategic mistake, and it reached it's nadir when, with the allied offensive stalled at Monte Cassino, Churchill conceived the amphibious attack that would supposedly turn the Germans out of the Cassino position and help liberate Rome. Instead, the result was a 5 month-long stalemate and one of the most wretched campaigns in the West: the battles in the Anzio bridgehead. To make matters worse, when the allies finally broke out, US Ge ...more
Interesting narrative of Italian campaign in WWII. It reveals interesting details about decision making and the command structure in Anzio and on the liberation of Rome. However its focus is more on American troops in general and British troops in Anzio. It leaves out the French and the Pole. It portraits General Clark, commanding US fifth Army, most unfavorably, describing him as an attention seeker who sacrificed opportunity after opportunity to encircle and to annihilate German 10th and 14th ...more
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Carlo D'Este retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1978, having served overseas in Germany, Vietnam, and England. Born in Oakland, California, he received his B.A. from Norwich University and his M.A. from the University of Richmond and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Norwich in 1992.
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