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All these stories and more pack the pages of this faced-paced, action-heavy history, taking readers inside one of the most important, and least discussed, campaigns of World War Two. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about At War on the Gothic Line , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about At War on the Gothic Line.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 20, Amy Pandit rated it liked it. An interesting but flawed history of fighting in Italy in Virtually nothing is said of the other mainline U. The author clearly wishes to emphasize the uniquely international An interesting but flawed history of fighting in Italy in The author clearly wishes to emphasize the uniquely international nature of the Allied troops that fought in Italy, which is fine, but concentrating on just a few units takes away from an understanding of the whole picture.
The maps in the book are drawn by hand and look rather amateurish. They often lack much detail about terrain, which is crucial to understanding the fighting in Italy. Finally, the book is marred by poor editing. There are some sentences which aren't quite clear and more than a few typographical errors "Acnona" instead of "Ancona," for one. There are also outright and inexcusable errors of fact. For example, the author places Fort Huachuca which was famous during the Apache wars in Mississippi instead of Arizona. He refers to the unit identifiers for U. All in all, a worthwhile read, but disappointing in some respects.
Oct 21, Thad Blaine rated it it was ok. Jennings: "Operation Chrysler had parachuted into this volatile mix to establish a show of authority and liaison in the area in anticipation of an early German surrender. The mission was then changed to help the partisan units with parachute drops of arms and supplies. When this did not happen, the mission was changed to assist the partisan units wi Jennings: "Operation Chrysler had parachuted into this volatile mix to establish a show of authority and liaison in the area in anticipation of an early German surrender.
When this did not happen, the mission was changed to assist the partisan units with arms and supplies. This was arranged by a middleman who also wanted the arms drops funneled through him.
The Communists, who made up three-quarters of the partisans in the Chrysler area, were supposed to receive equal allocations of the two arms drops, but they frequently stole weapons and equipment intended for rival groups. This was reluctantly arranged by Aminta Migliari, aka Giorgio, who had wanted the arms drops funneled through him. Although Migliari proved to be treacherous, the OSS men had to rely on him for support. Oct 26, John rated it liked it Shelves: owned.
An interesting read that highlights some of the experiences of troops serving in Italy near the end of the war. It is strong on individual narratives, but never really captures the larger picture of the final year of war. A companion book focusing on the higher level of war in Italy would be a great complement to it, or perhaps the other way around. Jan 10, Jim Blessing rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. This was a difficult read regarding the miltary aspects of this conflict. Ivan Houston and Daniel Inouye are the heros in the story. Excellent read.
Up to date historical research and compelling story telling. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it. View 2 comments. Mar 05, Francis rated it liked it. It is an incredible story, just don't think it was written very well. Some unnecessary repetition and a bit disjointed to me. I did not know that Brazil sent soldiers to fight on the Italian front. Unfortunately, our lack of resolve allowed communism to expand throughout Europe as is shown at the end and with allied dealings with communist resistance figh It is an incredible story, just don't think it was written very well.
Unfortunately, our lack of resolve allowed communism to expand throughout Europe as is shown at the end and with allied dealings with communist resistance fighters. It was sad to read how much Roosevelt and Churchill kowtowed to Stalin. It seems some of the Germans wanted to surrender, however as soon as Stalin found out about it the allies immediately backed away. Wonder how many unnecessary deaths occurred as a result of lengthening the war. One of the most interesting parts of the book was concerning, "Operation Unthinkable.
Sadly, we did not use our power to free millions upon millions of people and by our inaction lead to the deaths of millions upon millions over the post-war decades. Another interesting aspect of the book was mob justice. When a mob wants revenge they'll settle for just about anything or anyone.
Of course those who were involved in war crimes or treason should have been arrested, tried and punished if found guilty. In some cases the mobs beat the justice system to it. Whether or not they punished the right people or not, who knows? I liked the story, but the writing style just did not appeal to me. I am going to try the author's book on Bosnia.
Jan 12, David rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. I received this book through a Firstreads giveaway on Goodreads.
This book is a well written, very readable work of narrative non-fiction that covers the fighting in Italy after the liberation of Rome, on June 5, Christian Jennings effectively uses first hand accounts throughout the book making it feel less like a history text. I enjoyed that the author covered all aspects of the conflict from the Allies to the Germans and even the partisans. He concludes the book with with an epilogue to I received this book through a Firstreads giveaway on Goodreads. He concludes the book with with an epilogue to address what happened to the highlighted individuals after the war.
Overall, an enjoyable read that anyone with an interest in World War II would appreciate. Jul 07, Dave Hoff rated it really liked it. Mac Klau. Lo Spettro Di Se Stesso.
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