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Pen & Sword: Allied Armies in Italy
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 12:18 AM UTC

Darren Baker takes a look at a recent release from Pen and Sword titled and covering ''Allied Armies in Sicily and Italy 1943-1945''.

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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC
Good review as always Darren.

It is always interesting to see the "gaps" in coverage of various campaigns. There is a lot of coverage of the Western Desert campaign up to the second battle of El Alamein, and then the focus switches to Operation Torch and Kasserine Pass. What the Eighth Army was doing during this period is less readily available, although can be found if you are prepared to do some digging.

Thereafter Sicily is well covered, but Salerno less so, and aside from Anzio and Cassino coverage is a bit sparse.

Another campaign that perhaps gets less attention than it should is the Invasion of the south of France.

I also have a personal interest in these campaigns as one of my uncles was at Cassino and the other was with the Royal Artillery in the 8th Army (although I don't think he was at Cassino)