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Monte Cassino

(Legion of the Damned #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Monte Cassino, het heilige klooster ten noordoosten van Napels. De Duitsers hebben er massieve defensiestellingen opgezet. De slag bij Monte Cassino in de winter en het voorjaar van 1944 is een onbeschrijfelijke hel, zowel voor de verdedigers als voor de aanvallers. De geallieerden zetten vliegtuigen, artillerie, pantservoertuigen en infanterie van vele naties in. De ...more
Published September 2016 by Mhabooks (first published 1963)
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Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From Sven Hassel's books you can think that the author fought on nearly every possible front of World War II - Stalingrad, Italy, Warsaw, France. But he presents the soldier's life as it can be during brutal fights. Good read.
David Miller
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, before I read this book I had no idea a tremendous artillery battle was fought at Monte Cassino during the Allied invasion of Italy. I knew Monte Cassino from Thomas Aquinas' residence there, 700 years earlier. It seems the history of the monastery at Monte Cassino stretches back centuries before St. Thomas' arrival.

The Allied bombardment destroyed the monastery, reducing it to a hole in the ground much more effectively than anything ISIS has done lately.

WWII has become something
Jason Pastor
Not the best entry in the series. The narrative seems to drag on forever. And what is up with US marines in Italy?
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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C. A. Powell
I've read so many of Sven Hassel's war stories. Many years ago and the titles I remember but what particular stories going to what titles are a blur now. All I do know is that I read and loved the characters of Porta, Tiny, The Old Man (Sometimes The Old Un) With Sven telling the story in the first person singular. The author participates in the deadly and horrific battles. The black humour during the lull of the fighting can give the reader real gut-busting laughs. Especially some of Porta's ...more
Andreas Schmidt
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hassel, punto. Lo stile del maestro, perfezionato, c'è tutto. Questo libro è ambientato nella Campagna d'Italia, nella disperata difesa della Penisola. E' un romanzo di nuova generazione per Argberg, perché è un libro che ha una trama a sé stante, differente dagli altri che pretendevano di essere soltanto delle narrazioni di vita vissuta durante la Seconda guerra mondiale. In questo libro la storia del 27° reggimento panzer s'intreccia con la storia dei "cattolici" in Italia, e con la volontà ...more
Brian Turner
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Sven and his comrades from 27th Penal Regiment find themselves in Italy on the way to Monte Cassino. On Hitler's orders, they're to hold it so they can blame it's destruction on the Allied forces.

There's the usual characters (Tiny, Porta, the Legionnaire, the Old man etc) and their tall tales along with brutal descriptions of the war.

I know there's some doubt whether these are actually tales of Hassel's own time in the army (hence why I don't file them under Historical Fiction or History in my
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A no holds barred account of warfare in world war II. The protagonists are German soldiers, but not like you've ever read before. Life is cheap during warfare, but they do make some interesting choices. Told by a man who fought and experienced warfare, this story features the battle for an Italian world heritage sight.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all Sven Hassel's penal battallion books, but this one struck a chord as a great uncle was killed at Cassino, fighting for New Zealand. Really interesting reading a novel from the other side, and the tactic (snd ultimate folly) of bombing a historic monastery is explored.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leste den norske utgaven
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was bored to death. The narration moves very slowly. It is also very difficult to follow. The scenes are somewhat realistic, but the weak points of the novel make it unbearable to read.
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, military
The battle over Monte Casino was one of the bloodiest of the WW II and no doubt Hassel decided to put his band there. Sven, Porta, Tiny, Barcelona and others were fighting for survival against masses of Allied forces and yes they managed it again. Sven discovered delights of Rome and walking there with two syphilitic sailors made it even more saucy in a very wrong way. Hassel is his brutal self and the blood and gore is flowing freely and in its gruesome it is very anti-war. He showed us that ...more
"- Gnäll inte, Schmaus, flinade Heide. Ni judar, som överlever, kommer nog att få hämnd. Ni blir heliga och fridlysta. Det skulle inte förvåna mig, ifall det blir förbjudet att kalla er för judar. Adolf gör er en tjänst. Ni kommer att få hämnd på katolikerna. Dem hatar ni ju lika mycket som Heydrich och Himmler hatar dem. Jag tycker mig se i andanom, att ni kommer att beskylla påven för att gasat judarna.

- Det kommer ingen ärlig jude att göra, protesterade Grapa.

- Det finns inga ärliga judar,
Jeff Dawson
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its been forty years since I read this work but what impressed me most was when the group was attempting to free a Tiger from the mud and the towing cable snapped, severing one of their mates. The next thing I know, the books goes missing. My parents had confiscated it saying it didnt depict the war and I had no business reading such garbage. Four months later I found it and went into hiding till I was finished. It was, and still is, an excellent read detailing the daily lives of soldiers ...more
Evidently, I adore this book also, as I do all of Hassel's. I think it's amazing how he is able to describe a bloody, cruel scene with such macabre details, and still make it seem philosophy. So much entertainment, but it's still trying to teach you some life lessons!
Vladimir Olshevski
not impressed so far
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am not really one for war, but you can't help but fall for the rouge characters in Svens stories. They draw you in.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I have read all of Sven Hassel books. This is on of my favourites. It shows the total brutality of war and what a waste of life it is.
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
brutal and often insane, especially in a penal unit where they have nothing to lose and have to fight the enemy and their own army.
Iain Watson
Monte Cassino by Sven Hassel (1969)
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Hassel served in the Danish merchant navy till 1937, when he moved to Germany to join the army. He served with the second Panzer Division stationed at Eisenach and in 1939 was a tank driver during the invasion of Poland. A year later he attempted to escape because of being mentally exhausted. He was transferred to a Sonderabteilung, a penal unit manned by criminals and dissidents. He served with ...more

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