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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
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by Grove Press (first published October 9th 2006)
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Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read it because my great grandfather was in it. Not as good as anzio by wynford vaughan-thomas (who was actually there)
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book that discussed everything from grand strategy down to individual soldier experiences. Was the operation a failure? I would say it really wasn't, although it's original objective was not achieved, it was successful in pushing the Germans further back in Italy. It's original objective was probably never achievable due to the weak forces landed on the beach.
David Carraturo
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story on the Anzio campaign. There has been a split as to the question "Was it a victory or worth the price paid in life?" I believe that it was one of the most hard fought struggles of WW2 and probably the least known of any of the moments in WW2. The 5 months of battle were grinding and heroic on both sides and the Germans from their entrenched defensive positions and with the aid of poor weather and terrain held off the allies in the first 2 months of battle. I think the decision to ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
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
Land Murphy
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jose Luis
Excelente libro sobre la batalla en Anzio hacia la conquista de Roma en 1944.

El libro esta muy bien documentado y redactado que no cansa al momento de leerse lo cual se agradece.

La batalla en sí transcurrió desde el 22 de febrero de 1944 hasta la toma de Roma el 4 de junio de eses mismo año. El libro subdividido en diez capítulos, dedica 7 de ellos a analizar la operación en sí, y complementa el estudio con tres más iniciales donde nos sitúa el frente italiano en el planteamiento global Aliado d
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2013 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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Great book that tells it like it should be. No punches held back as to why this campaign was undertaken and the politics that it involved. Loved the fact that you had the German viewpoint as well. Very well researched and written.
I was hoping for a bit more about the average soldier's experience than all the time spent on analysis of military strategy and the moves of high-ranking officials (Yes, we all know Gen. Clark was a glory hound) but I guess I do need both for a fuller picture.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good historical book.
I gave this book to my Father in Law, who was at Anzio with the U.S. Navy. He devoured it.
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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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