Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome - 1944
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Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome - 1944

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“Masterly . . . a heartbreaking, beautifully told story of wasted sacrifice.” —Vince Rinehart, The Washington Post
The Allied attack of Normandy beach and its resultant bloodbath have been immortalized in film and literature, but the U.S. campaign on the beaches of Western Italy reigns as perhaps the deadliest battle of World War II’s western theater. In January 1944, about...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by Grove Press (first published October 9th 2006)
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There were places in this book that I had to skip because they were like a grocery list - this army went here, that army went there, another army was in between...fortunately, there weren't many such paragraphs. I would have gotten more out of it if I had kept a map beside me. Where the author truly shines, though, is in his use of primary sources. He quotes from the journals of many men who fought at Anzio, and those sources made the battle come alive. Clark is English; I don't know if that has...more
Land Murphy
I very much enjoyed Clark's book on Anzio. It's difficult not to blame Churchill for insisting on the Anzio offensive, resulting in tremendous casualties and the eventual, yet strategically insignificant, capture of Rome. Clark lays out the big picture but then seasons it with the stories of the men who fought there. Clark quotes Ernie Pyle's description of surviving an artillery attack on Anzio, one which I remembered reading in Pyle's book, Brave Men. In the end, I can understand Churchill's b...more
I have not read much on the Italian theatre in WWII, so picked this one up because I am going to Italy this Summer (I love to seek out and visit WWII sites when I visit Europe.) One of the best things about this book were the great maps in each chapter. The author gave a very detailed account of troop movements (both German and Allied) and almost all of the details mentioned were on the maps. (It drives me crazy to read WWII battle accounts with inadequate maps.) Clark did a good job of tracking...more
I picked up this book at an airport because my great-uncle was killed near Lanuvio just before the liberation of Rome. This is an incredibly easy read especially considering I know very little of the campaign or local geography. Clark necessarily follows the Italian campaign at the larger organizational levels, but he heavily peppers his treatment with personal accounts from the many perspectives of the fighting. Letters and diaries from generals to privates and civilians make the action very re...more
Jan 21, 2013 Chris marked it as hiatus  ·  review of another edition
I really, really want to like this book. I love Lloyd Clark, and it's not like this book is poorly written. But it's taken me 2 weeks to get 60 pages, and I just find myself completely uninterested. Perhaps it sounds bad, but I just don't care all that much about the Italian campaign. Still, I intend to come back to this at a later time. I simply have too many books and not enough time to waste inching through a book that isn't engaging me
I only read it because my great grandfather was in it. Not as good as anzio by wynford vaughan-thomas (who was actually there)
Apr 02, 2010 Martin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military Historians
This was a simple read. It laid out the details of the unnecessary life that was wasted during Operation Shingle. The personal accounts and diary entries added alot to the book. Maps could use a little more detail in troop movement and positions for both Allied and Axis troops. Overall a good read.
I gave this book to my Father in Law, who was at Anzio with the U.S. Navy. He devoured it.
Nov 20, 2007 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Books very good, and an easy read. Personal first hand accounts make the mundane details easier.
It is a good historical book.
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Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in war studies at Great Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and he has lectured on military history around the world. His special interests are the Western Front of the First World War, the Mediterranean Front of the Second World War, and airborne warfare.
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