World War II history writing at its best Dallas Morning NewsSchultz convey stories of individual courage and fear He presents the Rapido crossing as part of an experience that changed lives utterly Publishers WeeklyWell written, superbly documented and containing many helpful illustrations and maps, this fine book will appeal to military history enthusiasts of all ages Read MPL Milwaukee Public Library Duane Schultz has written another powerful account of the Second World War Daily News, Iron Mountain, MichiganA fast paced, dramatic account of World War II combat Global War StudiesCrossing the Rapido is a fast paced, dramatic account of World War II combat that provides a masterfully woven line of fire perspective in a vivid and compelling narrative ROBERT VON MAIER, Global War StudiesI have never seen so many dead as on that day JOHN HUSTON, Academy Award winning director during his wartime filming of The Battle of San PietroThose of us who were present will always remember the men of the 36th, climbing silently in the night behind the enemy, armed with little but their American competence and a personal faith in their quiet, retiring general who had never let them down If Generals Alexander and Clark received the key to the city of Rome, it was General Walker who turned the key and handed it to them ERIC SEVAREID, reporting from Italy during World War The Rapido River was the last natural barrier between General Mark W Clarks Fifth U.S Army and Rome Ignoring intelligence reports that the Germans had significant forces protecting the opposite side of the river, Clark ordered the 36th Division to make a nighttime crossing on January 20, 1944 The division, already coming through some of the heaviest fighting in Italy, knew they could not succeed they had to cross a fast flowing river at night in bitter cold and face one of the strongest, most formidable German defensive lines in Europe, full of minefields, veteran troops, and withering artillery and mortar fire Once in the water, men in full field gear were borne away by the current or vanished in massive explosions The few who managed to reach the other side found themselves pinned down unable to move Soldiers died by the hundreds, yet the stunned survivors who fell back to the launch site were ordered to attack again, this time in daylight Of the 4,000 men who attempted the crossing, than half did not return General Clark never accepted blame for ordering the assault despite the numerous warnings he received from both British and American commanders Although they were decimated, the division went on to lead a key surprise attack that opened Rome to Allied forces, and ultimately fought in France, where they had the distinction of capturing Hermann Goering and Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt.In Crossing the Rapido A Tragedy of World War II, Duane Schultz follows the action at the ground level using survivors interviews and army documents to tell the story of one divisions sacrifice in war In doing so, he demonstrates that the American soldier will face the greatest odds without protest, but expects those in command to share any failure or success....
|Title||:||Crossing the Rapido: A Tragedy of World War II|
|Publisher||:||Westholme Publishing 2 edition May 27, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||566 KB|
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Crossing the Rapido: A Tragedy of World War II Reviews
This is an excellent book that displays a bias by Schultz against Mark Clark.Whether or not you agree with Schulz, the book does well to explain some of the tactical elements and feelings about the Rapido. I do not think Schultz fully covered the strategic side of why this battle was fought. Whether or not you agree with Schultz, the battle was a disaster for the men of the 36th, and the book reinforces this.
The war in Italy was a bloody, often tragic, mess. This book takes a close look at one of the tragedies - a foolhardy plan by Mark Clark to attempt a frontal assault across a fast flowing river with very steep banks against a heavily fortified German position. Losses were horrendous as Generals Clark and Keyes ordered multiple suicidal attacks against a virtually impregnable position. It's as easily readable as a good novel, but sadly it's a true story that will make your blood boil.
The book is captivating. My father was in the initial invasion. He did not spend over 20 minutes talking about the war, but the few stories that he told I saw repeated in the book. He and another of his buddy were captured behind enemy lines at the time the truce took place. They were let go because of the truce. He did not tell me why there was a truce,and it is very likely he would have been killed had he not been on reconnaissance.
Great book of a non well known tragedy in World War II Italy. Many personal accounts that keeps the reading immersed. The book gives a very thorough description of the background of the campaign in North Africa and Italy before moving into the crossing of the Rapido River.
This is a great book about a tragedy of WWII. The most in depth book regarding after the Salerno landings. The 36th Division was the whipping boy for LTG
Outstanding, great narrative strong in military facts. Not that academically impossible to read a master piece of military history.
A fantastic retelling of the story, and one that properly identifies those who were massive failures in command and the one who was made a scapegoat, but was really a hero.