Battles for Monte Cassino, Then and Now, The

Jeffrey Plowman
The Battles for Cassino encompassed one of the few truly international conflicts of the Second World War. A strategic town on the road to Rome, the fighting lasted four months and cost the lives of more than 14,000 men from eight nations. Between January and May 1944, forces from Britain, Canada, France, India, New Zealand, Poland and the United States, fought a resolute German army in a series of battles in which the advantage swung back and forth, from one side to the other. From fire-fights in the mountains to tank attacks in the valley; from river crossings to street fighting, the four battles of Cassino encompass a series of individual operations unique in the history of the Second World War. Authors Jeff Plowman and Perry Rowe have spent several years studying the conflict together and walking the battlefield to take the hundreds of comparison photographs which are the raison d'etre of all After the Battle publications. Photographs have been selected from archives and private collections around the world to present a balanced view, combined with maps, orders of battle, citations and detailed captions.

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Reviewed: 2019-07-28

I due autori neozelandesi hanno dato alle stampe questo volume dopo una minuziosa ricerca iconografica, che ha reso l'opera una vera e propria enciclopedia fotografica delle battaglie per Cassino.

I testi che accompagnano le immagini, precisi e completi, le didascalie ricche di informazioni, le mappe topografiche e le riprese aeree sono una sicura guida per chi voglia visitare i luoghi, grazie alle numerose ricognizioni sul terreno svolte dagli autori.

La comparazione fra le fotografie d'epoca e le immagini odierne di città, paesi, strade o paesaggi sono un ausilio prezioso per chiunque voglia visitare a fondo l'area, molto vasta, nella quale si svolsero i combattimenti tra alleati e tedeschi.

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