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Monte Cassino is the true story of one of the bitterest and bloodiest of the Allied struggles against the Nazi army. Long neglected by historians, the horrific conflict saw over 350,000 casualties, while the worst winter in Italian memory and official incompetence and backbiting only worsened the carnage and turmoil.
Combining groundbreaking research in military archives with interviews with four hundred survivors from both sides, as well as soldier diaries and letters, Monte Cassino is both profoundly evocative and historically definitive. Clearly and precisely, Matthew Parker brilliantly reconstructs Europe’s largest land battle—which saw the destruction of the ancient monastery of Monte Cassino—and dramatically conveys the heroism and misery of the human face of war.
“[An] exemplary, heartbreaking book.” —The Washington Post
“Monte Cassino [was] perhaps the most interesting campaign of all. . . . [A] moving and well-researched book.” —The Economist
“Few people today realize that British and American soldiers fought in a battle that compares to Stalingrad for human suffering. Monte Cassino is a fitting tribute: an important and beautifully written book, told with real understanding and pathos.” —Daily Telegraph
“One of the true epics of infantry war in World War II.... A gripping story of incompetence, courage, cowardice and almost every other human emotion that war can excite.” —Irish Independent