Leo Cooper, Barnsley, 1st ed., 1999. 224 pp., numerous photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 17cm. FINE. Based on personal accounts culled from thousands of hours of recorded interviews held by the Imperial War Museum, this book follows the 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry as they slog their way through Italy during the Second World War. After landing at Salerno in September 1943, they fought their way across the myriad ridges and rivers that criss-crossed Italy while facing some of the finest troops in the German Army. The long-suffering Durhams even rumoured that the Germans possessed an elite force of bulldozers to create new ridges to bar the way ahead !