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Vessel of Sadness by William Woodruff
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Jul 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, war-military, non-fiction, uk-based

A humbling historical account of the landings at Anzio, Italy in 1943 that forced a second front to be created in Europe prior to D-Day the following Spring.

Woodruff's personal account written following the war is human story of the highest calibre filled with the anxieties, cockiness and eventual despair of the armed forces, both Allied and Axis, on war. A strategic invasion with the backing of Churchill and a resilient and coordinated defence belies the numbness of sustained warfare, sleep deprivation, malnourishment on the troops doing the fighting on the ground. These aspects are detailed in a shocking but real manner and describes a foe that neither side anticipated but was as deadly as any bullet.

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