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Salerno 1943: The Allies invade southern Italy (Campaign) Kindle Edition

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"Author Angus Konstam does a masterful job of telling the tale of hopes, incompetence, bravery and eventual Allied success. Though greatly outnumbered, the Germans did quite well in slowing down and nearly defeating the landing. This is all enhanced by some great period photos from both sides and the art work of Mark Stille. As is typical of the series, we are provided with some great campaign maps and information on visiting this area today. Overall, it is a fascinating read of this important operation and one that I can easily recommend to you."
- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (July 2013)

About the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • File Size: 8335 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNOSQ2K
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on September 19, 2013
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The Battle of Salerno in September 1943 is one of those battles of the Second World War that has really never found a niche, like D-Day, Guadalcanal or El Alamein. Even among the battles fought in Italy, Salerno tends to get crowded out of Second World War historiography by Anzio, Monte Cassino and Sicily. In Osprey Campaign No. 257, author Angus Konstam provides a summary of the Allied landing at Salerno and the German counterattacks. The battle was notable in deciding nothing, which is one of the reason that it was not notable, except for the participants; the Allies got ashore in mainland Italy but took enough of a drubbing to not taste like victory. The Germans simply fell back to the Volturno River, waiting to inflict more pain and humiliation on the pursuing Allied forces. The volume focuses squarely on the ground fighting in the period 9-19 September 1943, to the determinant of air and naval operations. The Salerno landing was a joint Anglo-American operation where the mechanics of inter-Allied coordination were still being learned, but the author steers clear of any controversy and sticks to which battalion moved where. In short, it is a useful, but plodding narrative. Looking at the sources, it is amazing that the author failed to use Rick Atkinson's recent Day of Battle or any German sources. Indeed, very few of the sources used were written in the last twenty years and this volume has a distinct 1960s-feel to it (e.g. no mention of the role of Ultra in pre-invasion intelligence).

The author begins by sketching out the strategic situation with Italy about to switch sides and the Germans swooping in to take control of key points in Italy, including the coastal defenses at Salerno.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on July 20, 2013
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Any review of this book would have to start off with a discussion of the Osprey "Campaign" series, of which it is a part. These books are relatively short at about 98 pages of length, of which about a third of which consists of illustration. Hence this is not a book to purchase for those interested in an in-depth tome or analysis of the battle. It is geared instead to those interested in an intelligent but succinct discussion of the battle.

Like most books in the same series, the level of analysis is primarily at the operational level, with the emphasis at the battalion level and above. Little is presented at below the company level. The book follows the typical "Campaign" series format, starting off with an overview of side's leaders and their initial pre-battle strategies, the forces involved, how the battle played out, the aftermath and finally, a few paragraphs on the battlefield today. All the sections do a very good job. One obtains a fairly good succinct account of the battle despite the relatively limited space imposed by the format.

On the negative side, the book does suffer from two drawbacks. The first is that it adds nothing new to the knowledge base regarding this battle. Secondly and related to that is that is the fact that the bibliography is quite dated. Just about every single source listed is decades old.

In short, the book does a very good job at providing a succinct introduction to this battle albeit it presents nothing novel to the currently existing literature base on the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reese on June 26, 2013
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Another good campaign book on WW2. Covers the Allied invasion of Sicily where the rift between US Generals and Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery first raised its ugly head to plague General Eisenhower for the rest of the war. It is also the beginning of the invasion of Italy. The second major combined operation incorporating beach assaults and paratrooper landings with naval and air support. Well written. Illustrations good. Maps fair considering large areas they attempt to cover. Good book. Lead in to Salerno.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2013
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The Mediterranean strategy of the Allies took a critical turn in September 1943, when American General Eisenhower was persuaded to commit British and American forces to a campaign in mainland Italy. The key to gaining a foothold was Operation Avalanche, the perilous amphibious landing by the U.S. Fifth Army at Salerno. The U.S. VI Corps and British X Corps crashed ashore side by side, only to find a German Panzer Corps prepared to dispute every step inland. The invasion hung by a thread for days, as both sides struggled to reinforce the fight...

"Salerno 1943" is a very good entry in the Osprey Campaign Series, a concise and methodical account of a difficult battle by historian Angus Konstam. The narrative follows the standard Osprey format, with an introduction, surveys of the strategic situation and the opposing forces, and a narrative of the actual fighting. The text is nicely supported by maps, diagrams, illustrations, and period photographs. Recommended to students of the Second World War as a concise introduction to a key battle in what became the Italian campaign.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flitertsed on October 2, 2013
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When I do my field set ups for modeling photo mags I like my info right on the mark. Great color scenes and maps
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