Anzio 1944 : the beleaguered beachhead by Steven J. Zaloga, Peter Dennis

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By Steven J. Zaloga, Peter Dennis

In January 1944, the Allies made up our minds to land at Anzio with the intention to triumph over the stalemate at Cassino.This amphibious touchdown has turn into the most arguable campaigns of worldwide conflict II (1939-1945). Questionable judgements by means of the Allied management ended in 3 months of global warfare I-style trench battle, and the whole beachhead suffered from non-stop German statement and bombardment. Vividly describing each one thrust and counter-thrust, this e-book takes us during the agonizing fight as either side sought to hold or regain mastery. It indicates how Anzio proved to be a stepping stone not just to Rome but in addition to the liberation of Italy.

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63 The Spanish Kulturkampf promised to precipitate the consolidation of the European Powers into those opposed ideological blocs whose formation would prevent any continental settlement. 64 Ideologically inspired war in Spain might even draw the rival powers into active confrontation and initiate another world war, precisely the issue that the British were striving to avoid. 66 Although aware that the agreement was violated continually by the Axis Powers and Portugal on the one side, and by the Soviet Union and, occasionally, France on the other, British policy-makers came to regard it as 'an extremely useful piece of humbug'.

60 He did for instance, on 26 July 1940, mention the possibility that Spain might after all enter the war against Britain, but only to go on to argue that, even if that were to happen, it would surely be prudent to postpone the fateful day as long as possible. Time could not, in his view, but work to Britain's advantage. He specifically sought the guidance of the Chiefs of Staff on this point and concluded with a summary of the basic policy line which he was advocating: The policy does not mean approval of Franco and the methods of his Government.

Nevertheless, according to the memoirs published after Franco's death by Serrano Sufier, the Spanish leader continued to maintain a 'blind faith' in the inevitability of Nazi victory after this disappointing episode, hoping to Defining a policy 31 exploit Germany's triumph to his country's advantage, via friendship or alliance with Hitler. 36 Franco, thus, played a role, for much of the latter part of 1940 other than that of consistent champion of Spanish neutrality, in which some British observers were inclined to cast him.

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