Also by Matthew Parker: Monte Cassino
‘An exemplary, heartbreaking book’
Post Book World
‘Magnificent … Parker’s word-pictures summon
conjure up the hellish landscape as vividly as photographs’
'Parker has interviewed veterans and ploughed through thousands
of diaries and letters to being the essence of the struggle
for the pivotal height of the Gustav Line to life. The soldiers'
own words are poignant reminders of the scale and severity
of the fighting ... Parker's book gives a fascinating insight
into the foxhole-eye view of those months, as well as the machinations
of the top brass. It is a pacy and informative addition to
the military history of a much-neglected campaign'
'Monte Cassino, perhaps the most interesting campaign of all
... [a] moving and well-researched book'
'Good accounts have been written of the battle before but
none has managed to convey the sheer awfulness of the fighting
with quite the same success…Parker has produced a deeply
moving, richly detailed and fast-paced account of the most
infamous British battle of the Second World War'
‘An outstanding chronicle illustrating both valor and futility’
‘An outstanding example of military history’
The Battle for Monte Cassino, which blocked the Allies’ road
to Rome in early 1944, was fought over terrible terrain and in
appalling conditions, and saw human sacrifice and privation almost
beyond imagination. Based on first-hand accounts of veterans
from around the world, Matthew Parker has recreated this epic
battle from the experiences of the men who fought.
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of the battle in Cassino
stirred by the 60th anniversary