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The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
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Aug 09, 2011

it was amazing

It took me a while to read this one, but it was well worth it. The battle for Italy has got to be one of the most frustrating victories in American and British history. In a way it felt like countless Battles of Gallipoli as the allies tried to cross the Rapido River and bust through the Gustav Line.

The campaign demonstrated that while you can bomb a place from the air and lob tons of ordinance

on a spot, nasty humans on the ground will live on.

You wonder how the Germans could live through all that bombing to still make a ground assault by the allies a living hell.

It is hard to say it was worth all the lives as the Invasion of France a day after Rome fell was the thing that one the war, but I could see why the allies did not want to sit still preparing Overlord while the Soviets were facing 155 divisions.

If you are interested in WW2 you probably have already read this and an Army at Dawn. I look forward to his invasion of Europe work.

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