By Martin Blumenson
Anzio, a small city an insignificant hour's force from Rome, turned a battleground on which either Allies and Germans paid a bloody expense. deliberate via Churchill as a rapid amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 conflict of Anzio has been considered through a few as essentially the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied conflict attempt, and via others as one of many war's singular misplaced possibilities. Blumenson examines the activities of the lads concerned, together with Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes under consideration files from Allied and German resources.
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Not defer for a few weeks longer the scheduled transfer out of the Mediterranean of the landing ships needed for OVERLORD? Why signed to capture The answers not facilitate an amphibious assault de- Rome? to worse for Mr. Churchill. He made eloquent pleas for Strength- to ening the forces in Italy and for extending operations into the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean even at the expense of de- laying the cross-Channel attack. 42] Anzio: The Gamble That Failed To no preferred a campaign in western Europe avail.
Army advanced port) and the British Eighth Army moved up fields), both armies operating under Alexander's control, the the east coast to Foggia (for question of where to go in the peninsula of Italy debate. Should the Allies continue its air- came under up the mainland? how If so, far? The answers depended on several related questions: could the Allied forces in the Mediterranean best cross-Channel attack? kans? By Or by menacing threatening the southern France? Germans What How assist the in the Bal- could be ex- Should pected from the resources allotted to the theater?
This meant that the theater needed to hold back for three weeks, until February scheduled to be released earlier. " On Christmas morning the same British officers met with Churchill, along with Admiral Sir having replaced his cousin, John Cunningham who, now commanded the Allied naval forces in the Mediterranean. This time several Americans also present, including on the desirability of an have nothing less were Eisenhower and Bedell Smith. All agreed than an Anzio landing and on the need to initial assault of two divisions.
Anzio The Gamble That Failed by Martin Blumenson