AN Z IO &COUNTER-BLAST BLAST Italy January/February 1944 Raleigh Trevelyan For Churchill the landing at Anzio was to abe ‘cats claw- a swift, powerful dramatic way of breaking the deadlock in Italy. But one month after the landing little had been changed: the road to Rome, r just 33 miles away from the narrow beach-head still lay beyond Allied reach. In the meantime there had been some of the bloodiest and most furious fighting of the war in conditions of such squalor that they compare with the worst months on the Western Front in v 1916 and 1917. Fittingly the author ends his angry account by asking: was it worth it? Below: A US 6th Corps Sherman ploughs ashore at Anzio 0 C D CL E
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