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By Steven J. Zaloga

In January 1944, the Allies determined to land at Anzio so as to conquer the stalemate at Cassino.This amphibious touchdown has develop into some of the most debatable campaigns of global battle II (1939-1945). Questionable judgements via the Allied management ended in 3 months of worldwide conflict I-style trench war, and the whole beachhead suffered from non-stop German statement and bombardment. Vividly describing every one thrust and counter-thrust, this publication takes us throughout the agonizing fight as either side sought to keep or regain mastery. It indicates how Anzio proved to be a stepping stone not just to Rome but in addition to the liberation of Italy.

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26 FRITZ AND IVAN Although the front had been restored, the divisions that manned it were shadows of their former selves. The Panzer divisions still regarded themselves, with justification, as an elite, but the infantry divisions simply could not make good the catastrophic losses of the summer without consequences. A typical infantry division in late 1944 consisted of three grenadier or infantry regiments, supported by an artillery regiment. In addition, the division might have an extra infantry battalion, usually designated as a fusilier battalion, or a Panzerjäger battalion.

But the main blow fell further north, against the German Army Group Centre. Careful deceptive measures ensured that the Germans were unaware of the magnitude of the forces assembling against them, though there was awareness that a major attack was coming and some local commanders feared the worst, particularly as they knew 19 BATTLEGROUND PRUSSIA that Hitler would refuse to countenance any withdrawal in the face of an attack. General Hans Jordan, commander of 9th Army, recorded on the eve of the battle: The Army believes that, even under the present conditions, it would be possible to stop the enemy offensive, but not under the present directives which require an absolutely rigid defence...

There was little consideration of how these would be accomplished, or how the required transport would be organized. 12 For those who remained in East Prussia, there was no option other than to hope that the Wehrmacht and Volkssturm would be sufficient to hold back Ivan. * * * The 1930s were troubled years in the Soviet Union, as an increasingly paranoid Stalin moved to eliminate possible rivals for power. Sergei Kirov, a popular man with a genuine following, was murdered by a non-entity in 1934, but there is evidence of the involvement of the Soviet security service, the NKVD, in the murder.

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