Crossing the Rapido

Crossing the Rapido

A Tragedy of World War II

Book - 2010
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The Rapido River was the last natural barrier between General Mark W. Clark's 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. Soldiers died by the hundreds: of the 4,000 men who attempted the crossing, more than half did not return.
Publisher: Yardley, Pa. : Westholme Pub., c2010.
ISBN: 9781594161063
Branch Call Number: 940.5421562 S387, 2010
Characteristics: xxi, 297 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.


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KEVIN DOWD Nov 23, 2011

easy interesting read on a little know part of WWII..

Mark Clark prepared his army well... and then led it like a petulant 3 year-old. His ego caused many casualties and he prepared several almost-failed missions.

Montgomery should have been left here in charge and Alexander put over Bradley in Normandy.

Devers and Patch should have landed first in South France and then the landing on the Coast would be much easier...

The US should have invaded Italy with everything at Salerno from day one. After the capture of Rome all resource should have gone to S. France and then N. France...


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