Guild ed., 1984. Xvii + 587 pp., 47 photo-plates + 18 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Small owner’s label to f.e.p., (blank) o/w V.G.+. Based on much previously unpublished material, here is the full story of Monte Cassino during the Second World War in which four major assaults were launched against the seemingly impregnable German forces. Cassino was not only the mightiest battle of the Western European war, it was also the culmination of vital political processes in the Alliance. First, it was the final outcome of a long struggle between Churchill and Roosevelt as to whether the assault on Europe should be opened through Italy or France. Secondly, it was the only engagement of the war where units of so many of the Allies – British, Americans, Indians, New Zealanders, Poles, French and Canadians – fought side by side. The author makes controversial assessments of the commanders in the field but praises the ordinary soldier whose sufferings and heroism are present on every page through eye-witness vignettes from both sides of the hill.