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ASSAULT ON THE GOTHIC LINE 1944

The Allied Attempted Breakthrough into Northern Italy

Autore: Pier Paolo Battistelli

Codice: 228LG015387

€ 21,00

DISPONIBILE MARZO 2023

Enjoy a detailed examination of Operation Olive as US, British, Commonwealth and Allied forces seek to smash through the last German defensive line in Italy.

The Italian theatre of operations post-summer 1944 was often (and incorrectly) surmised at the time as a quiet sector of World War II, populated with troops who were relieved not to find themselves fighting in North-West Europe. Yet the true nature of the hard fighting that took place here was soon revealed when the Allies began their assault on the Axis Gothic Line defences, known as Operation Olive.

In this book, Italian military historian Pier Paolo Battistelli documents the dual Allied offensive spearheaded by American and British units to smash through what was supposed to be the final Axis defensive line in Italy before the Alps. The overall strategic aims of both the Axis and Allied leaders are explored, together with the organization of the forces committed.

The expertly researched maps and 3D diagrams guide the reader through the progress of the phased battles in challenging terrain. Photographs and specially commissioned artworks show the soldiers that fought on both sides, including American, Canadian, Indian, Brazilian, Polish, New Zealander, British, German and Italian troops, as well as the materiel they employed. The result is an essential illustrated guide to a fascinating and complex late-war campaign.

Table of Contents

ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN

CHRONOLOGY

OPPOSING COMMANDERS

Allied

Axis

OPPOSING FORCES

Allied

Axis

Orders of battle, 25 August 1944

Orders of battle, 1 November 1944

OPPOSING PLANS

Allied

Axis

THE CAMPAIGN

BR Eighth Army breaches the Gothic Line

The Battle for Rimini

US Fifth Army pierces the Gothic Line

BR Eighth Army's offensive on the Romagna Plain

The thrust towards Imola

US Fifth Army's drive on Bologna

BR Eighth Army's final push

Final operations

AFTERMATH

THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Lingua

INGLESE

Illustrazioni

Riccamente illustrato a colori e in bianco e nero

Pagine

96

Misure

18 x 25

ISBN
9781472850140


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