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Albaneta : lost opportunity at Cassino

Author: R D Crosby
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Reed, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In mid-winter 1944, massive infantry losses were incurred at Cassino, in town and hills above it, as Allies fought vainly to batter their way through heavily fortified positions to advance on Rome. What is not widely known is that a golden opportunity was created by Kiwi and Indian engineers to outflank Cassino through construction of a road carved high up into the hills north of the German encampment. A surprise  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R D Crosby
ISBN: 9780790011295 0790011298
OCLC Number: 145380657
Description: 172 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The formation of an armored brigade --
2. Cassino : the problem and the flaws of the initial plan --
3. Operation Dickens and the issue of surprise --
4. The construction of a surprise : Operation Revenge --
5. The Attack --
Postscript --
Appendix 1. Report of Major Pat Barton dated 20 March 1944 --
Appendix 2. Map contained in report of the 760th US Tank Battalion --
Appendix 3. A short biography of James Frederick Moodie --
Appendix 4. Cavendish Road today.
Responsibility: Ron Crosby.

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In mid-winter 1944, massive infantry losses were incurred at Cassino, in town and hills above it, as Allies fought vainly to batter their way through heavily fortified positions to advance on Rome. What is not widely known is that a golden opportunity was created by Kiwi and Indian engineers to outflank Cassino through construction of a road carved high up into the hills north of the German encampment. A surprise attack by 15 Kiwi Sherman tanks on 19 March saw the capture of Albaneta, a key German stronghold and supply line. As with Gallipoli 30 years earlier, however, the failings of army hierarchy let the Kiwi troops down as they were refused vital reinforcements and the result was defeat a few days later by hardened German paratroopers using hand-held weaponry. This book details the brilliant opportunity afforded by the Kiwi engineers, the surprise and success that resulted, and the inevitable failure. Based on eye-witness accounts on both sides, Freyberg's war diaries, minutes of Officers Conferences and formal reports, author Ron Crosby provides keen insight into a feat of Kiwi wartime bravery not previously written about--Publisher's description.

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