Peter Caddick-Adams, one of the world's authorities on battle field history and author of the applauded joint biography of Montgomery and Rommel ('... a brilliant book written with passion and verve ...' BBC History Magazine), writes a compelling and authoritative account of the greatest battle of the Italian campaign of World War Two.
Peter Caddick-Adams is a Lecturer at the UK Defence Academy specialising in military history and media operations working alongside the late Richard Holmes. His special areas of interest are battlefield history and he researches in Military Doctrine and Leadership. He has led over 200 visits to more than 50 battlefields around the world. He joined the Territorial Army in 1985 and serves as a military media advisor in the rank of major .
Though Caddick-Adams knows his way around an archive (as well as a battlefield-he's a major in the British Territorial Army and has served in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan), he is above all a storyteller, and his take on the armies that bled out around the monastery and town of Monte Cassino, Italy, during WWII proves he's a good one. While he offers no startling revelations about policy or strategy, his strength lies in his examination of the "extraordinary rainbow alliance of nations and races fighting on the Italian front," as well as combat dynamics from division headquarters to foxholes. Caddick-Adams (Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives) illuminates the dissimilarities between the Commonwealth forces, the American army (with its focus on "brawn and muscle" over technology), the Italians fighting to liberate their country, the bold and aggressive French troops, and the Polish army-in-exile, who would eventually claim "the ultimate prize at Cassino": capturing the abbey. The author is no less successful in establishing the nuances of the German forces and their development from an offensive powerhouse to a formidable defensive machine. WWII historians will appreciate this investigation of a little-known, but critical, engagement. 41 halftones & 6 maps. Agent: Patrick Walsh, Conville and Walsh Literary Agency (U.K.). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Peter Caddick-Adams has brought highly perceptive and much-needed fresh analysis to this new account of the Cassino battles. Both authoritative and compellingly written, his immense knowledge and understanding of the Second World War exudes off every page. It will unquestionably remain the standard text on this bloody episode of the war for many years to come * James Holland *