Cassino to the Alps by Ernest F Fisher

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Since deployment off theroads was often difficult and frequently impossible, and since the enemy used demolitions,mines, and ambush cunningly, the tactical problem of keeping losses to a minimum while advancingalong the roads would be one of the most difficult and persistent encountered by the Allied forces throughout the entire campaign. CHAPTER II Preparing for a New Offensive foothills the line continued south of the village ofCastelforte,where it turned T h e Germans had closed the gateway southwestward along high ground to the Liri valley with formidable defenof Minturnoandthenceon to north ses along t w o lines, or,moreproperly, the sea.

V and prove to be among their most acrimonVI, Grand Strategy (London: Her Majesty's Stationious duringthe war and would affect cry Office, 1956). Germany were important considerations. 2 Few Allied strategistsheldany brief that the war could be won solely by a drive either through the length of Italy o r intothe Balkan peninsula. Yet some British leaders, notably Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and General Sir Alan Brooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, sought to invest the Italian campaign with a larger role than did most of the Americans.

Line. 6 This line lay from five to ten miles behindthe Gustav Line. Althoughessentially a switch position, as its name implied, the line was made up of fieldworks similar to those in the Gustav Line and was at least in the Liri valley sector, as strong as or, in some instances, even stronger than the latter. Manning the German defense system on the southern front was the equivalent of about nine divisions One of these was in reserve; the remainder were divided among two regular and one provisional corps headquarters.

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