Peter Caddick-Adams: Monte Cassino



Es f Monte Cassino were part f the Allied march through Italy during WWII Often vershadowed by the great invasion at Normandy these battles were both diversionary and essential in the Allied cause It is a work Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of meticulous preparation and research Indeed the last 30%f the book is devoted to exhaustive Footnotes Bibliography and IndexThe writing is chronological and is infused with uotations from survivors memoirs personal interviews and existing accounts It should be appreciated as a welcome addition to the small Dead Inside often forgotten theatersf WWII for its readability thoroughness and bibliographical content This is a must read for any history buff and especially those interested in WWIIThis was reviewed as an e book as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Peter Caddick Adams is a history f the Allied attempts to break ut The Taste of Spruce Gum of the Neapolitan beachheads to penetrate the Gustav line in 1944 a wrenching and notft told account f the Italian campaign that resulted n the She Stoops to Conquer one hand in the fallf Rome and Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile on thether hand Orb of the unnecessary destructionf Christendom s The Dandy and Lady Penelope oldest and most revered monastery the Benedictine abbey that since AD 539 had stood high above the Liri Valley Americans Texans certainly know the history from the perspectivef the suicidal attempt to cross the Rapido River that destroyed the 36th Infantry Division hand in glove with the tragic landings at Anzio Caddick Adams writes the entire account f the British French Polish Indian and German units as well as paying full homage to the Fifth US Army It is a fine book The nly drawback is the pardonable difficulty in keeping all the numbered and nicknamed units sorted Multi-Family Therapy out as you turn page after page Thenly thing he is not is Rick Atkinson 90 watts National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition or I am a huge fanf Caddick Adams prose and the depth to his works Monte Cassino is no different While I knew a few general details about the aura surrounding the Monte Cassino battle this was the first book I had read that details the four month struggle for the position This book left me uestioning the sensibility f continuing ffensive action n the Italian front after June 1944 One has to uestion the leadership f Clark Alexander and Freyberg while lauding the efforts A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of Juin Senger and Kesselring The German effortn the Italian front must be lauded in essence it was they who held down the Allies not the Think good thoughts about a pussycat other way around For those interested in the human storyf the Forgotten Front One, Two, Three Me of World War Two Caddick Adams does a brilliant jobf canvassing all 10 armies deployed in that Mediterranean hell A richly detailed history that succeeds n many fronts mainly the ne you can see in its title it puts the World in World War II describing the soldiers from many different nationalities I d read a book about the Gurkhas before but had not been so aware Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of the Polish effortThe descriptionf the physical terrain and climate conditions was also essential There was also much insight into the generals personalities and battle strategies and tactics This is the second book I have read dedicated to Cassino and ne f several Tea for Ruby on the combined CassinoAnzio campaign The book brings an uniue perspective to the battle by focusingn how the the various Armies were successful The Life of Saint Philip Neri or not successful Of particular interest was the successf the French under Juin and the Polish Corps that finally took Monte Cassino Caddick Adams is much friendlier to British General Harold Alexander than most historians There is also a nice focus n the 8th Army s breakthrough up the Liri Valley We know that Churchill liked Alexander but the author considers him to have similar skills. T its utcome was not reliant n sweeping movements r the use I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of tanksr aircraft but by The Whistle Pig old fashioned boots in the mud whether capturing the townf Cassino after months f grinding urban warfare a Stalingrad in miniature r scrambling up the steep mountain to seize the heights and the religious complex n top f Monte CassinoMonte Cassino Abbey was painstakingly rebuilt after the war its baroue chapel remains incomplete and is now a World Heritage site An hour south Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of Rome it is visited each year by up tone million tourists and pilgrims from around the worldReviewsPeter Caddick Adams's exceptional Monte Cassino Ten Armies in Hell is a study in the challenges and possibilities A Stepdaughter In Heat of coalition warfareFollowing the stylef Richard Holmes and Max Hastings Monte Cassino includes lucid analyses f high level perational and strategic matters as well as choice uotes from the poor bloody infantry The Wall Street JournalComprehensive and very well researched Monte Cassino Ten Armies in Hell is an important addition to Rufus our understandingf the ghastly campaign for central Italy in World War II Rick Atkinson author f the Liberation Trilogy A superb account f You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! 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I m not in the habit f reading military books but my dad fought at the Battle f Monte Cassino so when I came across this book in my local library I thought I Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice ought to read it I know a little about his experiencesf course though he didn t talk about it much I know that he and his fellow soldiers were ften so hungry they stole water melons from the fields and eggs from local farmers and that they were left alone for days wandering n the mountain side around Monte Cassino without instruction from the powers that be easy prey to a sniper s bullet The book doesn t dwell The Cowboys on the horrors though they re there in plenty It concentrates insteadn facts and details and in particular the individual battles that led to the capture Sins of Treachery of Monte Cassino thuspening up the route to Rome for Allied forces It also highlights the horrendous conditions the troops suffered the constant shelling and the brutal nature f the fighting the bitter freezing cold and the wretched terrain ver which the men were expected to My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City operate It was an iconic battle but also a controversialne given it led to the bombing f the monastery above the town f Monte Cassino an act Whos Next? Guess Who! of war that Hitler turned into a propaganda triumphMy dad used to recount the talef how he nce sheltered from enemy fire in a graveyard and that a grave nearby was hit by artillery fire As he looked up the fully dressed skeleton f an Papi's Gift old man sailed across his head He used to laugh when he told us this but they were just young men at the time and would have to cultivate a black humour to cope with all they had to faceAll I have leftf his time in the army is his commandos badge with its iconic little dagger enclosed by the words united we conuer I m glad I ve read the book and know now f exactly what he went through I wish he was still here so I could tell him how proud I am f him I haven t yet read a lot Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories of this typef history but I can t imagine there s a better example グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] out there The author tells the story compellingly fairly and thoroughly without driving into minutiae when we needed to know which sub elementf which force did what we also knew why he was telling us that This was a great look at the battles for Monte Cassino with some looks at the larger Italian campaign race for Rome with a few tidbits about Anzio for context It really is a focused look at Monte Cassino and it does a great job at that Interestingly I found it really made me want to visit Monte Cassino and ther areas associated with the campaignOther thoughts prompted by the book Americans maybe think f WW2 nly in the context f Normandy and the race to Berlin HBO Band The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of Brothers the Italian campaign had not just Americans and British but also French North African Polish South Asian Subsaharan African Kiwi etc troops This was the first I d read in detailf their contributions Fascinating The Germans had an incredibly capable Army in Italy and were great at implementing defensive positions and at least at first in strengthening those positions It seems we won such as we did The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry only becausef File Under: Arson ourverwhelming numbers and materiel not because we were the stronger Wicked Sense or smarter force The egosf the main Allied leaders really got in the way f success Rushing to Rome I got here first possibly cost the pportunity to capture a large part Powerless Against You of the German army in Italy Also the inability tovercome ego then meant that instead f working together we pushed against the German forces in two uncoordinated thrusts instead f ne joint action the Germans relatively easily handled the divided forces Well documented as it reveals the physical hardships that ften Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training occur in timesf war The battl. The five month Monte Cassino campaign in central Italy is The Texan Meets His Match onef the best known European land battles f World War Two alongside D Day and Stalingrad It has a particular resonance now because Cassino with its multitude f participating armies most notably the American 5th Army under the controversial General Mark Clark was perhaps the campaign f the Second World War that most closely anticipates the coalition perations The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of today with its ever shifting castf players stuck in inhospitable mountainous terrain pursuing an Blue Guide New York objective set by unknowing politicians in distant capitals where victory is difficult to defineMonte Cassino was characterised by the destructionf its world famous Abbey in retrospect considered an unjustifiable act f cultural vandalism by the alliesThe audit trail f decision making to destroy an icon as well known then as the Eiffel Tower r Lincoln Memorial is a chilling reminder that similar decisions are still being made in Ira and Afghanistan and indeed Libya To this day reversing normal prejudice German troops are welcome in the abbey having rescued its treasures from allied destruction in February 1944Cassino was an unusual campaign for World War II in tha.

To Eisenhower as a diplomat general The author also goes easy n American General Mark Clark s decision to take Rome and deliberately disobey Garden of The Gods orders by not cuttingff the retreating German 10th Army Caddick Adams notes that there was no guarantee f trapping the 10th Army which seems to be a spurious argument for disobeying rdersInteresting FactsNearly 15000 mules were used during the campaign as they proved the The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now only reliable meansf bringing supplies up and the injured and dead down from the mountainsThe Germans would mount a revolving Panther turret called a Pantherturm to a concrete bunker in the Gustav line One killed 17 Allied tanks in 3 days the Pantherturm leader actually becoming a tank ace Because f such a lack f food in Naples it is estimated that 42000 women ut f 150000 engaged in regular Goig or part time prostitution The narrativef the battle is fine but this is a seriously lacking book For anyone going to Cassino the Where Alligators Sleep only reason I slogged through it the lackf maps makes it a poor guide For any audience though the author s terrible analysis conjectures really about command decisions are unbearable Especially for an American audience Montgomery s incredible march from Calabria didn t save the Salerno landing reporters attached to Eighth Army grew so frustrated at Monty s glacial pace that they took Saraswati Park off in jeeps aheadf the Eighth Army and reached the beachhead Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits on theirwn The X Corps attack across the Galigiardo wasn t so successful that Clark could have reinforced it and cancelled all II Corps attacks n the Rapido And n and Young And Naive, Wasted Years on Errors and faulty analysis abound This is a battle narrative not a piecef scholarship Perhaps that was my mistake not the author s but this was painful to slog through regardless This is the first book I read about anything from the Italian Campaign and Ebekulak only my second about the German West Front Caddick Adams explains clearly how and why the Allies came to face the Germansn the Gustav Line and why they wanted to break through at Monte Cassino The writing blends eyewitness accounts with tactical considerations from both sidesWhat he says about Alexander s great diplomatic skills can also be applied to himself He shows all the nationalities fighting Israeli Soldier Girl on the Cassino Front as eually brave strong resilient and human under hellish conditions Bitter cold at the beginning bare rocks having to relyn mules for transport the summer heat dust He gives credit where it is due for example the title Understories of chapter 10 Poland the Brave Likewise he doesn t convicts Clarck s decisionf pushing for Rome in stead Commissar off driving to Valmonte in the hopef trapping the escaping German Tenth ArmyCentral Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook of course is the bombingf the Cassino Abbey and a month later the Cassino Town Caddick Adams tells f both sides f the bombing discussion He continues with the capture The Firebrand Legacy of the abbey and breaching the Gustav Line and the pursuit through the Liri Valley Finally reaching Rome Wherether auteurs are Making Instruments Count often distracted with writing pages that read like Meanwhile at the F hrerbunker Hitler is having a heated debate with Caddick Adams stick to the topic at hand and rarely talks above division levelsCaddick Adams could have said the same as this uote from Alexander Nother troops in the world but German paratroops could have stood up to such an The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children ordeal and then gonen fighting with such ferocityAlso important for a military history books are the maps I liked that all six are right at first pages f the book These maps are as clear as I find his writing giving enough information for ne who starts reading about the Italian Cassino campaign without pushing towards unneccesary detail. Of World War II There is no shortage f histories f the agonizingly drawn Treat out debacle at Monte Cassino but this is certainlyne Ramayana Vol 1 of the best Kirkus Reviews starredCaddick Adams uses the eventsf the battle to tell the stories f the armies that bled ut around Cassino His particular strength is his treatment f combat dynamics n both sides Desire Lines of the fighting line from division headuarters to foxholes This book is a learning experience for anyone interested in World War IIn any level Dennis Showalter former President f the American Society for Military History and author f Tannenberg Clash f Empires 1914 Peter Caddick Adams has brought highly perceptive and much needed fresh analysis to this new account f the Cassino battles Both authoritative and compellingly written his immense knowledge and understanding Clicking of the Second World War exudes from every page It will unuestionably remain the standard textn this bloody episode f the war for many years to come James Holland author f Dam BustersPeter Caddick Adams has produced a thoughtful treatment Six-Fingered Stud of a crucial periodf the Italian campaign It should be read by anyone with an interest in the Second World War Military History Monthl.

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Peter Caddick Adams is a lecturer in military history and current defense issues at the UK Defence Academy He is the author of Monte Cassino Ten Armies in Hell and Monty and Rommel Parallel Lives He holds the rank of major in the British Territorial Army and has served with US forces in Bosnia Ira and Afghanistan