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 expense. deliberate through 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 warfare attempt, and through 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 assets.
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Knowledge of Allied strength, the Germans estimated they had as many, if not more, ground troops than the the shock of the Italian surrender. With better Allies. The Rome was admirably suited for Autumn and winter weather would hamper terrain south of defensive warfare. Allied offensive operations and curtail Allied air power. Kesselring's forces had been in continuous retreat since November, 1942; for almost a year, from to just north of Naples. In the it was time for the Germans just short of Alexandria, Egypt, view of the Allied commander, to stop, to retain as much of Italy And it was troop morale and political reasons.
Frosinone, about 40 miles below Rome, was reasonably close enough to the capital to make possible a relatively rapid link-up with a beach- head established somewhere near Rome. In the hope that these conditions could be met, Eisen- hower requested the CCS for permission to retain in the theater December 15 a total of 56 British and 12 American LSTs (landing ships, tank) scheduled for immediate return to England. Only thus, he explained, could he speed the advance in Italy and secure Rome. until The CCS approved the request.
This was no withdrawal. " peared, Was it divisions possible to remain along a line in southern Italy? Eisenhower thought not. A line well north of Rome was needed to protect Naples and Foggia and make feasible an invasion of southern France. Furthermore, nothing would help Eisenhower and his senior OVERLORD commanders as much, believed, as the early establishment of Allied forces in northern Italy. Since the Germans seemed to have determined to resist in southern Italy, could Eisenhower have additional resources for the difficult campaign bound to take place?
Anzio The Gamble That Failed by Martin Blumenson