Images of War – The Italian Campaign 1941 to 1945
The book is another in the great Images of War series. This book covers the history and actions of the Allies during the Italian Campaign from the invasion if Sicily in 1943 to the end of the war in June 1945. The books front cover I think may be incorrect at it states 1941 not 1943.
This is the forgotten campaign as it was later overshadowed by D-Day. In Italy there were over 600,000 Casualties and well over 100,000 dead. Soldiers of many nationals took part in this campaign. The fighting at time was some of the most grueling and hardest fought campaigns of the war.
The book covers all the major battles as shown in the Chapter titles.
- Sicily 1943- Build up to Invasion.
- Operation Husky 1943 The Sicilian Campaign
- September - October 1943- Southern Italy
- October – December 1943 – Moving North
- January – May 1944 – The Gustav Line
- January – May 1944 – The Battle for Cassino
- January – May 1944 – Anzio
- June – August 1944 – Into Central Italy
- 1943-1945 The Air War over Italy
- August – September 1943 – The Gothic Line
- 1943-1945 Italy’s Civil war
- September 1944 – January 1945 – The last Winter
- April 1945- The Allied Spring Offensive
The images in the book are excellent and cover all levels of the action and history of the units.
This book was also very person as my father fought in this campaign in the British 51st RTR as a Churchill Tank Driver.
The book is full of amazing photos, many gave me an insight into the conditions I have not considered before. There is a lot of Diorama inspiration in this book.
Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.