By Martin Blumenson
Anzio, a small city a trifling hour's force from Rome, turned a battleground on which either Allies and Germans paid a bloody cost. deliberate through Churchill as a quick amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 conflict of Anzio has been considered by way of a few as essentially the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied battle attempt, and by way of others as one of many war's singular misplaced possibilities. Blumenson examines the activities of the boys concerned, together with Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes into consideration files from Allied and German resources.
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The For the Allies, Germans rest. one thing was They certain. They own the and at the tie down same time make possible a transfer of troops to Russia or to France. Germans occupied let could not give the Germans time to construct fortifications in Italy so strong as to Allies could not The Allies the their had to keep until spring at the earliest. And this meant the necessity of continuing the attack. Continuing to attack in Italy meant breaching a series of strong positions anchored on favorable terrain features.
Neither course was attractive to What seemed advisable to them was concen- the Americans. trating the limited Mediterranean resources in Italy because an invasion of southern France was predicated on the prior fact of reaching a line somewhere north of Rome. In the ensuing discussion, Churchill again lost out. Stalin supported the Americans and a power thrust across the Channel in the spring of 1944, together with a simultaneous from Mediterranean re- invasion of southern France launched sources.
Rome might well make up for his failure new command and a promotion. Alexander told Churchill he wanted Rome, but only prodded after Churchill him. Alexander also said he wanted Anzio. But he wanted a two-division lift as Bedell Smith, And how could he get that? who was to accompany Eisenhower well. to England, agreed that Anzio was the best means of getting to Rome. But he, too, landing craft. had no idea of where to get the additional Even if they turned up, how could they be OVER- held in the theater without jeopardizing the success of LORD?
Anzio The Gamble That Failed by Martin Blumenson