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The Battle of Anzio
This story brings you into the thick of the action in the fields of one of the bloodiest of World War II conflicts. Witness the rages of war and the Allied forces fight for survival in the belly of Axis power
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 20th 2000 by eReads.com
(first published January 1st 1962)
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I bought the original 1962 edition of this book for almost literally a bag of peanuts in the local second-hand bookstore, because I expected it to be a piece of nationalistic, xenophobic Cold-War quasi-propaganda (the original cover contributes a lot to this superficial impression). On a more careful and thorough reading it has turned out to be a captivating and quite neutral story of the battle, consiting of a number of fictionalised accounts of its participants, intertwined into a novel.
Prior to the invasion in France, the Allies invaded Italy. Anzio was a difficult nut to crack as the Germans had over ruled the Italians and had time to build several lines of defense. Fehrenbach does his usual good job dealing with historical events.