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At War on the Gothic Line: Fighting in Italy, 1944-45

Category: Book
By (author): Jennings, Christian
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Italy
  HISTORY / Europe / Western
  HISTORY / Military / World War II
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 9.25in x 6.13in
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From The Publisher*As the Allies stormed across Normandy in the late summer of 1944, another strategically vital yet unsung campaign was being fought across the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. A vast international army of twelve different nationalities, spearheaded by 100,000 Americans, had to break through the Gothic Line, a rugged barrier of German defensive positions that stretched from the Adriatic coast to the Mediterranean. In this fast-paced narrative of a year at war, veteran foreign correspondent and historian Christian Jennings provides an unprecedented look inside these crucial, bloody battles, through the eyes of thirteen men and women from seven different countries. A young Japanese-American lieutenant wins the Congressional Medal of Honor storming German machine-gun positions, a racially-segregated African American unit goes head-to-head with dug-in Germans, while an American Major on a secret mission is murdered by his own men for the thousands of dollars in gold he is carrying. A unit lead by a one-armed Waffen-SS Major commits some of the largest war-crimes in Europe, while British, Canadian, Polish and Indian soldiers storm mountain redoubts and defend towns alongside Italian partisans. This is the story of the brutal fighting on the Gothic Line, history and war bought vividly to life in a can't miss book for the enlightened American patriot.
Review Quote*An excellent book refreshingly unlike most tedious, confusing war stories. Jennings brings his easy journalistic style and thorough fact finding to one of the most desperate conflicts of the war, teaching us how war stories should be written. - Kirkus Reviews [starred review] "A compelling account of the epic battles to liberate Northern Italy in 1944-45 that have been previously ignored by historians. Superbly told through the eyes of the men and women who fought there. This outstanding book admirably recounts one of the bloodiest chapters in the longest military campaign of World War II." -Carlo D'Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War "Jennings evokes with great narrative skill the triumph and tragedy of the brutal fighting in Italy. A vital contribution to a great gap in our knowledge." -Paul Hamm, author of Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Biographical NoteCHRISTIAN JENNINGS has been an investigative journalist, a war correspondent and a history, science and current affairs author for over twenty years. He has written for such publications as The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman and Wired. Originally from the UK, he has lived in Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Serbia. He currently lives in Turin, Italy.