1st ed., 1991. Ix + 566 pp., photo-plates + 16 maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. In the winter of 1943 - 1944 Anzio, 35 miles south of Rome, became important in the fortunes of World War II as the target of an Allied amphibious landing whose goal was to bypass the strong German defences along the Gustav Line and at Monte Cassino sixty miles to the south-east, which were holding up the American and British armies and preventing the liberation of Rome. By taking advantage of Allied command of the sea and air to affect a complete surprise, infantry and armed forces landing at Anzio on January 22 were expected to secure a beach-head and then push inland to cut the two main highways and railroads supplying the German armies to the south, either trapping and annihilating them or forcing them to withdraw and opening the way to Rome. Such was the plan. What really happened, brilliantly told by the author, was a near death trap for the Allies and the soldiers involved as Anzio beachhead became a death trap.