Buy. Read. Collect.
UK's largest specialist in first edition, signed books. Located in
the world famous Cecil Court.
Join Our Mailing List
Privacy by SafeSubscribe TM
UK First Edition / First Printing
Signed by the author
Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell
Author: Peter Caddick Adams
out of stock
Published by: Preface
Date Available: 31 May 2012
All of our books have clear protective, removable film on the dustwrapper and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition
The five-month Monte Cassino campaign in central Italy is one of the best-known European land battles of World War Two, alongside D-Day and Stalingrad. It has a particular resonance now, because Cassino, with its multitude of participating armies - most notably the American 5th Army under the controversial General Mark Clark - was perhaps the campaign of the Second World War that most closely anticipates the coalition operations of today, with its ever-shifting cast of players stuck in inhospitable, mountainous terrain, pursuing an objective set by unknowing politicians in distant capitals, where victory is difficult to define.
Monte Cassino was characterised by the destruction of its world famous Abbey: in retrospect, considered an unjustifiable act of cultural vandalism by the allies.The audit trail of decision-making to destroy an icon as well known then as the Eiffel Tower or Lincoln Memorial, is a chilling reminder that similar decisions are still being made in Iraq and Afghanistan and indeed Libya. To this day, reversing normal prejudice, German troops are welcome in the abbey, having rescued its treasures from allied destruction in February 1944.
Cassino was an unusual campaign for World War II in that its outcome was not reliant on sweeping movements or the use of tanks or aircraft - but by old-fashioned boots in the mud, whether capturing the town of Cassino after months of grinding urban warfare (a Stalingrad in miniature) or scrambling up the steep mountain to seize the heights and the religious complex on top of Monte Cassino.
Monte Cassino Abbey was painstakingly rebuilt after the war (its baroque chapel remains incomplete) and is now a World Heritage site. An hour south of Rome, it is visited each year by up to one million tourists and pilgrims from around the world.
Cover Type: Hardback
Also from this Author
People who ordered this also ordered...
1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War
by Allan Mallinson
'No part of the Great War compares in interest with its opening', wrote Churchill. 'The measured, silent drawing tog ... read more
Release 29 August 2013
Publisher Bantam Press
A Place of Blood and Bone
by Mark Peterson
As a brilliant young biochemist studying at Oxford, Martin Blackthorn had a bright future ahead of him. And then in the course o ... read more
Release 31 May 2013
Ocean at the End of the Lane - Exclusive Limited Edition - July 2013 Book of the Month
by Neil Gaiman
Goldsboro Books will have the UK EXCLUSIVE slipcase edition. This will be our July Book of the Month. Due to popular demand ... read more
Release 20 June 2013
Dominion - November 2012 Book of the Month
by C. J. Sansom
The Great Smog, London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written . . . 1952. Twelve years have pass... read more
Release 01 November 2012
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter - JANUARY 2013 BOOK OF THE MONTH
by Malcolm MacKay
A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues a... read more
Release 17 January 2013
Keane's Company (Keane 1)
by Iain Gale
James Keane, officer in the 27th Foot, card sharp, ladies' man and one of the finest but most rebellious soldiers in the British army, is un... read more
Release 16 May 2013