Eighth Army in Italy 1943 – 45

The Long Hard Slog

Richard Doherty

Date Published :
August 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16pp b/w photos
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473822788
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
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Eighth Army, Britain’s most famous field army of the twentieth century, landed in Italy in September 1943 and fought continuously until the defeat of the Germans in early May 1945.

This book studies the experience of Eighth Army in the Italian campaign, examining how a force accustomed to the open spaces of North Africa adjusted to the difficult terrain of Italy where fighting became much more a matter for the infantry than for the armor. It also compares the qualities of the commanders of Eighth Army in Italy: Montgomery; Leese and, finally, McCreery.

The book uses official records at various levels, personal accounts – some never before published – and published material to present a picture of an army that, although defined as British, was one of the war’s most cosmopolitan formations. Its soldiers came from the UK, Canada, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa as well as from Palestine – the Jewish Brigade – and from Italy itself.

About The Author

Richard Doherty is recognised as Ireland's leading military history author. He is the author of The Thin Green Line The History of the RUC GC, In the Ranks of Death, and Helmand Mission With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 and numerous other titles with Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Londonderry


"exceptionally well written and exhaustively researched… the essential guide for anyone with an interest in the fighting in Italy during the Second World War."

- Britain at War, April 2008

…very well done "traditional" military history and "telleth much of the fight"

- The NYMAS Review

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