The Savage Storm: The Battle for Italy 1943 (Hardcover)

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The Savage Storm: The Battle for Italy 1943 (Hardcover)


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Acclaimed WWII historian James Holland
both narrates and reframes the controversial first months of the Italian
Campaign and sets a new standard in the chronicling of war

Following victory in Sicily, while
the central command planned the spring 1944 invasion of France, Allied troops
crossed into southern Italy in September 1943, expecting to drive Axis forces
north and liberate Rome by Christmas. Italy quickly surrendered but German
divisions fiercely resisted, and the hoped-for quick victory descended into one
of the most challenging and protracted battles of the entire war.James
Holland's The Savage Storm, chronicling the dramatic opening months
of the Italian Campaign in unflinching and insightful detail, is unlike any
campaign history yet written. Holland has always narrated war at ground level,
but here goes further by chronicling events almost entirely through the
contemporary eyes of those who were there on all sides and at all
levels--Allied, Axis, civilians alike. Weaving together a wealth of letters,
diaries, and other documents--from the likes of American General Mark Clark,
German battalion commander Georg Zellner, New Zealand lance-corporal Roger
Smith, legendary war reporter Ernie Pyle, and Italian politician Filippo
Caracciolo--Holland traces the battles as they were experienced across plains,
over mountains, through shattered villages and cities, in intense heat and,
towards the end of December 1943, frigid cold and relentless rain.Such close-up
views persuade Holland to recast important aspects of the campaign,
reappraising the reputation of Mark Clark himself and other senior commanders
of the U.S. Fifth and British Eighth armies. Given the shortage of Allied
shipping and materiel allocated to Italy because of the build-up for D-Day,
more was expected of Allied troops in Italy than anywhere else, and, as accounts
at the time attest, a huge price was paid by everyone for each bloodily
contested mile. Putting readers vividly in the moment as events unfolded, with
characters made unforgettable by their own words, The Savage Storm is
a defining account of the pivotal months leading to Monte Cassino, and a
landmark in the writing about war.
One of WWII's finest historians, JAMES HOLLAND is the author of Brothers in Arms, Sicily '43, Normandy '44, Big Week, The Rise of Germany and The Allies Strike Back in the War in the West trilogy, and Dam Busters. He has written and presented the BAFTA shortlisted documentaries Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, and his WWII podcast, We Have Ways of Making You Talk, now has millions of listeners.

Product Details ISBN: 9780802161604
ISBN-10: 080216160X
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: December 12th, 2023
Pages: 624
Language: English