Harvey, J. M. Lee.


Kimber, 1st ed., 1979. 189 pp., photo-plates + a map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Fine. The Italian Campaign was a bloody one, with its climax in the spring of 1944 with the controversial battle for Cassino. With the fall of the monastery held by the Germans and dominating Cassino, the way was open for the Allies to liberate Rome and the rest of Italy. The author was a gunner throughout the campaign from the invasion of Sicily through to its successful conclusion, when he was posted to Greece. He writes of his time in the desert, the appalling casualties his battery suffered at Reggio di Calabria, of his time on Monte Trocchio at a forward wireless post under constant shelling, of the horrors of the final bombardment at Cassino. He also writes of the barrack room humour and camaraderie between the soldiers. This is a vivid and striking memoir of a so-called D-'Day Dodger', rumoured to be living on the fleshpots of Italy while others fought in France.

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