Salerno to the Gustav Line 1943–1944

Jon Diamond

 
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
250 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526707345
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
-
+
In stock
$22.95

Overview
-

In September 1943, shortly after the conquest of Sicily, the Allied armies made amphibious assaults on the Italian Mainland at Calabria, Taranto and along the Gulf of Salerno beaches. The Italian Government quickly capitulated but the Germans fought on. Although the British XIII Corps and 1st Airborne’s attacks were largely uncontested in Calabria and Taranto, the Allied Fifth Army’s beachheads at Salerno underwent savage Nazi counterattacks.

After Salerno, the Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies continued their advance north initially to the ports of Naples and Bari before struggling through Italian massifs, held up by a determined enemy and unfavorable ground and weather. In January 1944, the Fifth Army’s X, II and French Expeditionary Corps attacked across the Garigliano and Rapido Rivers with the aim of breaking through the Gustav Line fortifications. The Nazi defense at the town of Cassino just succeeded in halting the two-week Allied attack during First Battle of Cassino and the Gustav Line was to be the scene of fierce fighting for months.

About The Author
-

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the USA with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific, Invasion of Sicily, Invasion of the Italian Mainland: Salerno to Gustav Line, 1943-1944, Onto Rome 1944; Anzio and Victory at Cassino and Beyond Rome to the Alps; Across the Arno and Gothic Line, 1944-1945 and Op Plunder The Rhine River Crossing are all published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War series. [83]

More from this publisher