RELEASE DATE: OCT 30th 2018

DESPERATE VALOUR: TRIUMPH AT ANZIO

 

by Flint Whitlock 

 

The Battle of Anzio, that lasted from January to May 1944, was one of World War II’s longest and bloodiest battles. It is often been regarded as a failed Allied offensive, but the author invites the reader to think of it in a different way: as one of the great defensive stands in military history.

Operation Shingle, the combined British-American invasion at the Italian coastal towns of Anzio and Nettuno, only 40 miles from Rome, has been characterized by most historians as a failure.  

 

What these historians overlook is that, although Shingle did not live up to the hopes and expectations of its chief architect, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, it should rank one of the great defensive stands of all time—comparable to the British 24th of Foot Regiment’s stand at Rorke’s Drift during the Zulu Wars; the 101st US Airborne Division’s refusal to surrender at Bastogne; the Soviets’ iron-fisted grip on besieged Stalingrad and Leningrad; the unyielding American defense of Pork Chop Hill in Korea in 1953; and the US Marines’ stand at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War in 1968.

 

Field Marshal Albert Kesselring’s effort to throw the British and American invasion forces back into the sea was the biggest German counterattack in the West until the Battle of the Bulge ten months later.  Not only did the Allies absorb every blow the Germans threw at them for four months, but they eventually broke out of the small beachhead they were holding to defeat the encircling enemy and liberate Rome!

           

 In this mud and a blood-covered account of the titanic struggle, award-winning military historian Flint Whitlock lets the voices of the participants—from the highest-ranking generals to the common soldiers facing death in the foxholes—describe in riveting, often graphic, detail what the fighting at Anzio was really like.

           

When you, the reader, at last put down this book, you will agree with Churchill that everyone who fought at Anzio truly displayed what can only be described as “desperate valor” that was truly above and beyond the call of duty.

In the end, the brave American and British soldiers at Anzio, enduring the hardships of freezing weather, ceaseless artillery barrages, and waves of a tank, infantry, and aerial assaults, had to pay for the miscalculations and wrong assumptions by Allied politicians and generals—often with their lives.  By depicting the Battle of Anzio from American, British, and German points of view, Whitlock pays homage to the courage of the common fighting man.

 

 

 

THE ROCK OF ANZIO

By Flint Whitlock

Anzio was one of the greatest battles of World War II-a desperate gamble to land a large amphibious force behind German lines in Italy in the hope that the war could be shortened by capturing Rome. It also turned out to be one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. military history. Based on extensive research into archives, photos, letters, diaries, previously classified official records, and scores of personal interviews with surviving veterans of the 45th, The Rock of Anzio is written with an immediacy that puts the reader right onto the battlefield and shows us war through the eyes of ordinary men called upon to perform extraordinary deeds.

CROSSINGS THE POND: THE NATIVE AMERICAN EFFORT IN WORLD WAR II

By Jere Bishop Franco 

“Crossing the Pond” is a term Native Americans used to describe the process of being transferred overseas for military duty. This was both an event and a duty taken quite seriously by tribal members, who participated in every aspect of wartime America. On the homefront, Native Americans gave comparable and sometimes exemplary contributions to civilian defense work, Red Cross drives, and war bond purchases.

Crossing the Pond also chronicles the unsuccessful efforts of Nazi propagandists to exploit Native Americans for the Third Reich, as well as the successful efforts of the United States government and the media to recruit Native Americans, utilize their resources, and publicize their activities for the war effort. This research asserts that Native Americans fully intended to return to their reservations after the war, where they believed they would participate in “a better America” as the “First Americans.” Attention is also given to the postwar experiences of Native American men and women as they sought the franchise, the right to purchase alcohol, educational equality and economic stability.

This meticulously researched study utilizes oral history narratives and interviews, along with documents from the Congressional Record, papers from various state museums, collections of various tribal councils, and records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and War Relocation Authority.

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WARRIOR IN UNIFORM: THE LEGACY OF AMERICAN INDIAN HEROSIM

By Herman J. Viola

Native Americans have willingly served in the U.S. military during each of this country’s wars, and their current numbers in the armed forces exceed the percentage of any other ethnic group. Their stories encompass heroism and tragedy, humor and stoicism, loyalty and conflict—all part of the riveting experience of Warriors in Uniform. This illustrated history divulges the exploits of the last Confederate general—a Cherokee—to lay down his arms...the code talkers who used tribal languages to thwart the enemy in World War II...the first Native American woman to give her life as a soldier...those serving in Iraq today...and many others. Spiritual, poignant, gripping, even shocking it reveals how ancient traditions of war persevere and how the warrior designation is a great honor to the Native American community. Packed with first person accounts and sharing little-known insights into a culture that is still misunderstood, Warriors in Uniform is a page-turning epic and a stunning gallery of never-before-seen artifacts from personal collections. Former senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and other distinguished Native Americans have contributed to the collection. Following on the success of Native Universe and Trail to Wounded Knee, this book is already generating great interest throughout the Native American community. As the only book to cover Native American warriors from the 1700s to present, it stands out among other titles on the market.