A Hard Way to Make a War
The Italian Campaign in the Second World War
By (author) Ian Gooderson
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Hard Way to Make a War by Ian Gooderson
Book Description'...tactically the most absurd and strategically the most senseless campaign of the whole war.' Major-General J F C Fuller's verdict on the Italian Campaign, 1948 The invasion of Sicily on 10 June 1943 and the landings on the Italian mainland in the September, gave the Allies their first toehold in Europe since 1941. But it was achieved at a cost. Following success on Sicily the forces were put under considerable pressure to take advantage of the changed situation and they landed at Salerno without a clear strategic aim and were met with fierce German counterattack. The subsequent march north was complicated by Italy's unique terrain (mountains and rivers), its climatic extremes (very hot summers; freezing winters) and German resistance, and was agonisingly slow. Ian Gooderson's considered analysis of the entire campaign places the convoluted mixture of air, land and naval actions into the overall war but, more importantly, shows how the commanders on the battlefield dealt with the military issues as they arose. He has produced one of the finest explanations of a combined forces twentieth-century battle zone ever published and the volume will surely become the standard work against which others will be judged. * Erudite assessment of one of the most complex and least covered areas of action in the war * Includes land, sea and air operations * Studies the complex alliances and mixed commands of the Allied forces * Covers all the major battles such as Salerno and Monte Cassino in detail
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844860593
(234mm x 156mm x 36mm)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Ian Gooderson presents a study of close air support in World War II, with the analysis focusing on the use of tactical air power by British and American forces during the campaigns in Italy and northwestern Europe between 1943 and 1945.
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Author Biography - Ian Gooderson
Ian Gooderson lectures at the Joint Services Command Staff College in Wiltshire.
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