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850g & 160 crisp white pp. Noted military historian George Forty examines in detail the campaign to take Monte Cassino and clear the road to Rome. Drawing upon superb archive photographs and first-hand reminiscences, he sets the scene for the battle, examines the forces ranged against each other and describes each of the phases of the battle. Allied to the photographs and text are clear line drawings which allow the reader to comprehend fully the complex nature of the battle. It would hardly be possible to find a better example of an impregnable natural defensive barrier on the road to Rome than that provided by Monte Cassino. When this was defended by resolute and battle-hardened troops it is easy to see how and why the Germans held out repeatedly against the massive Allied assault despite lavish air and artillery support.