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Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War, 1944--1945

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During the Second World War, the campaign in Italy was the most destructive fought in Europe – a long, bitter and highly attritional conflict that raged up the country’s mountainous leg. For frontline troops, casualty rates at Cassino and along the notorious Gothic Line were as high as they had been on the Western Front in the First World War. There were further similariti ...more
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Prior to about two years ago, I was under the impression that the Italian front in World War II was a cakewalk compared to Normandy, North Africa, and the Pacific which we all learn so much about in school - that once Sicily was won, the rest just fell into place. As it turns out, this is not the case. On the contrary, the Italian front was one of the ugliest fronts in the war - ugly for the Allies forces, for Axis forces, and particularly ugly for the citizens themselves, who for years lived un ...more
A brilliant account of the last year of World War Two set in Italy.
This book covers the angles and perspectives from a variety of diffrent
combatants and individuals,from Allied and Axis commanders to the ordinary
front line soldier,Italian civillian to the partisan.

Excellent stuff.
A well researched, balanced and easy to read narrative of the Italian campaign during WWII. It has a focus on the people involved using the voices of a sample of the participating American, English, Polish, South African, New Zealand officers and men, Germans, Italian fascists, partisans and soldiers. In addition there were Indian forces, the only Black US Division, French, Moroccans, Brazilians, Russians fighting for the Germans and Italians fighting on both sides.

This was a complex ware which
A great narrative account of the war in Italy from the breaking of the Gothic Line at Monte Cassino to the end of the war in the Po valley.

It really shines when it comes to the thoughts, feelings and motivations of the people involved. The chapter "The Reason Why" about the motivations behind the terrible anti-partisan reprisals is a particularly vivid example: it felt somehow chilling how, in the light that Holland shed on them, the rationale behind these atrocities becomes graspable.

Holland i
Kieran Guckian
Real education this book, was totally ignorant of what happened in Italy after say Cassino.
Impossible to read and not feel the Sorrow in the title, very moving book.
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James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. He has worked for several London publishing houses and has also written for a number of national newspapers and magazines. Married with a son, he lives near Salisbury.

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