Anzio Nettuno

A Battle of Leadership Mistakes

Jörg Staiger

First English translation of the best German account of the defence against the Allied Operation Shingle, the landing at Anzio, Italy.
Date Published :
June 2023
Publisher :
Casemate
Editor :
Matthias Strohn
Contributor(s) :
Linden Lyons
Language:
English
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241913
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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Overview
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The Allied amphibious operation codenamed Shingle was launched in late January 1944. It was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. Success depended on the element of surprise, and the speed with which the invaders could build up strength and move inland. This was understood by General Mark Clark, commander of the US Fifth Army, but not fully understood by his subordinate commanders.

This German account focuses on the landing at Anzio as it was the only one that failed to achieve its objective of smashing the German defense and achieving operational freedom of movement. The battle lasted over six weeks, with mistakes made by leadership on both sides, and consequently also great sacrifice by soldiers on both sides. But the operation was not a German success either, and attempts to prevent the creation of a strong bridgehead failed. Ultimately the Allies would reach Rome, and the Allies applied lessons from this battle to facilitate the success of Overlord, launched five months later.

While not complete, as the author did not have access to some of the war diaries of higher levels of German command, this is still one of the best German accounts of Operation Shingle and is here translated into English for the first time.

About The Author
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Linden Lyons holds a master’s degree in history from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied German at the University of Freiburg and librarianship at the University of Canberra. He is the translator for Panzer Operations, Vitebsk, and Leningrad in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series.

Matthias Strohn, MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS, is Head of Historical Analysis at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, the British Army’s strategic think tank, Visiting Professor of Military Studies at the University of Buckingham, and a member of the academic faculty at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Matthias was educated at the universities of Münster (Germany) and Oxford. He holds a commission in the German Army and is a member of the military attaché reserve, having served on the defense attaché staffs in London, Paris and Madrid. Prior to this, he served as Military History Instructor at the German Staff College in Hamburg. He deployed to Iraq (with the British Army) and Afghanistan (with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr). Matthias has published widely on 20th-century German and European military history; he has authored and edited 14 books and numerous articles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The assault from the sea and the German countermeasures
Amphibious operation “Shingle”
The planning for “Shingle”
The assault
The Defence of Army Group “C”
Terrain study of the battle ground of Anzio/Nettuno
Build up of German Defence
Expansion of the Allied beachhead
German countermeasures
The first German general offensive
The second German general offensive
Final remarks

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