The Battles of Monte Cassino: The Campaign and Its Controversies

Author(s): Glyn Harper & John Tonkin-Covell


The Allied forces' actions in and around Monte Cassino in Italy remain some of the most controversial of the Second World War. Adolf Hitler described them as the battles that came closest to the bitter struggles on the Western Front. The name Cassino has become a touchstone for New Zealanders as a result of the crucial role played there by Kiwi forces, and the controversy surrounding the battles refuses to die down. This reappraisal of the battles brings new information about the events at Cassino to light. The Battles of Monte Cassino is not another campaign narrative but a fresh look at some of the key aspects of the battles - the controversial bombing of the Benedictine monastery, the effectiveness of the commanders involved on both sides, the effect of the Anzio beachhead, the performance of the Germans - and why four agonising battles were needed to defeat the Germans at Cassino.


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The first thematic analysis of the Battles of Monte Cassino brings to light new and controversial ideas and information about some of the most critical battles of the Second World War.

"Harper and Tonkin-Covell's unique approach to the subject makes it a solid read on its own while it adds welcome depth for those who are already somewhat familiar with the major personalities and events of WWII." --"Publishers Weekly"

Glyn Harper is General Editor of the Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War. His career spans teaching, Army Officer in the Australian and New Zealand Armies and Director of Massey's Centre for Defence Studies. He is now Professor of War Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has authored (or co-authored) 19 books including six children's books. Many of his books have achieved bestseller status. John Tonkin-Covell is Senior Lecturer Strategic Studies at the New Zealand Army's Military Studies Institute. He is a defence civilian in the New Zealand Defence Force. He is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at Massey University's Centre for Defence Studies

General Fields

  • : 9781741148794
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : May 2013
  • : 230mm X 152mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Glyn Harper & John Tonkin-Covell
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : 940.54215622
  • : 290
  • : Black and white illustrations