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By Martin Blumenson

Anzio, a small city an insignificant hour's force from Rome, turned a battleground on which either Allies and Germans paid a bloody cost. deliberate by means of Churchill as a fast amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 conflict of Anzio has been seen via a few as the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied battle attempt, and by means of others as one of many war's singular misplaced possibilities. Blumenson examines the activities of the boys concerned, together with Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes into consideration documents from Allied and German assets.

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Allies long Cassino, he To he this end, Kesselring bent his efforts. So skillfully did back that he reduced the Allied advance to a painful fall crawl. Kesselring's unexpected success in retarding Allied progress raised his stock in Hitler's eyes. make After the Allies failed to the landings Hitler anticipated near advocacy of a defense of Italy south of Rome, Kesselring's Rome gained con- siderable force. Kesselring pointed out that a prolonged defense in south- ern Italy would delay a Balkan invasion.

They own the and at the tie down same time make possible a transfer of troops to Russia or to France. Germans occupied let could not give the Germans time to construct fortifications in Italy so strong as to Allies could not The Allies the their had to keep until spring at the earliest. And this meant the necessity of continuing the attack. Continuing to attack in Italy meant breaching a series of strong positions anchored on favorable terrain features. It meant a winter campaign in increasingly unfavorable weather.

Success has been ours," Vietinghoff proclaimed. " Since the German strategic planning projected a with- drawal from southern Italy regardless of the outcome of the Germans did not bring additional strength from the north, from Rommel's command, though this might well have turned the balance. Though the Germans would battle at Salerno, the have liked to repel the invasion for political as well as for military reasons, though total victory at Salerno doubt have changed the sistance at Salerno strategic thinking, the was postulated on the would no German less decisive re- motive of assuring withdrawal.

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