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By Martin Blumenson

Anzio, a small city a trifling hour's force from Rome, grew to become a battleground on which either Allies and Germans paid a bloody rate. deliberate by means of Churchill as a rapid amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 conflict of Anzio has been seen by means of a few as the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied battle attempt, and by means of others as one of many war's singular misplaced possibilities. Blumenson examines the activities of the lads concerned, together with Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes under consideration files from Allied and German resources.

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Beyond Naples, Rome was the obvious next objective. What then? Allies as they retired. But Why farther? go The if the heel of Italy gave the Allies control of the south Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Air and naval forces operating from the heel could hamper the man in movement of Ger- Greece and Albania, support the partisans Yugoslavia, and threaten the Balkans sufficiently to contain supplies to German forces there. Similarly, possession of Sardinia and —the Germans evacuated the Corsica islands after Salerno gave the Allies control of the Tyrrhenian Sea and provided verisimilitude to the threat of a landing in southern France.

Though the Allies encountered ern under progressively stronger resistance in Italy, their objective remained Rome. Churchill had made evident on numerous occasions "very strong de- sire" for the capital city. " Al- September echoed this "appreciated that our progress in Italy thought. " Even General Marshall, who was lukewarm on the advantages of continuing the Italian campaign, THE STALEMATE agreed that the Allies ought to seize And sible. Eisenhower, who Rome as quickly as pos-. " quarters [31 his head- to wait until he could But German success in retarding the Allied advance caused wonder whether tieing down the Germans and the Allies to capturing Rome might In one sense, the into Allied hands, for CCS the directive.

Strong did not favor the Anzio operation. A He judged the German forces in Italy too numerous. But Churchill had not permitted him to state his opposition until after the decision had been made. "Well," "we may as sion of the intelligence factor Finally, Mr. " Discus- was Brooke had been short. absent, who Brooke could an- chor Churchill's enthusiasms on the rock of practicality. Yet Churchill believed sincerely area for active campaigning. him And —how could an old friend like if in the Mediterranean Mr.

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