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Bloody River

By (author) Martin Blumenson
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
Published: 18th Feb 1971
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0049400320
ISBN-13: 9780049400320
Barcode No: 9780049400320

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The 36th Division composed of Texas National Guardsman launched its campaign in Italy with a triumphant landing at Salerno - and a debacle at the Rapido River. Blumenson, ten years a senior civilian historian in the Army's Office of the Chief of Military History, labels the thrust through the Bernhart and Gustave German lines to establish interior support for a landing at Anzio "an impossible assignment." He focuses blame for the catastrophe at the Rapido on Fred L. Walker, an officer who lacked the conviction and drive to inspire his troops in the operation. This does not take into account Walker's ignorance of the master plan of attack in Italy which justified large losses at the Rapido, the lack of equipment such as "absolutely essential" footbridges, regiments battling at less than full strength and muddy approaches to the river which barred vehicles from transporting boats and bridges. A readable account despite the shaky psychological speculation. Other books on the Fifth Army by the author include Kasserine Pass (1966) and Anzio: The Gamble That Failed (1963). (Kirkus Reviews)