Author(s): Christian Jennings
Military | No Category
Through the eyes of thirteen men and women from seven different nations, Christian Jennings gives readers an unprecedented look inside this unsung but highly significant campaign. Just like Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, Jennings vividly recounts the acts of valor performed by these courageous young soldiers as they fought uphill against overwhelming odds, even as many faced discrimination from their allies and superiors. Lie in wait with a troop of Canadian fur trappers turned snipers. Creep along treacherous mountain paths with a company of Indian warriors as they assault fortified positions armed with only rifles. Learn to fear a one-armed SS-Major guilty of some of the most atrocious war-crimes in the European theater. All these stories and more pack the pages of this faced-paced and action-heavy history, taking readers inside one of the most important, and least discussed, campaigns of World War II.
"An excellent book refreshingly unlike most tedious, confusing war stories. Jennings brings his easy journalistic style and thorough fact finding to one of the most desperate conflicts of the war, teaching us how war stories should be written." "Kirkus Reviews "[starred review] "At War on the Gothic Line" is a compelling account of the epic battles to liberate Northern Italy in 1944-45 that have been previously ignored by historians. Superbly told through the eyes of the men and women who fought there - Allies, Germans and partisans - this outstanding book admirably recounts one of the bloodiest chapters in the longest military campaign of World War II. Carlo D Este, author of "Patton: A Genius for War" "At War on the Gothic Line" is a beautifully written, compulsively readable testament to astonishing courage - and utter barbarism - on a lesser-known front during the Second World War. Jennings evokes with great narrative skill the triumph and tragedy of the brutal fighting in Italy. A vital contribution to a great gap in our knowledge. Paul Hamm, author of "Hiroshima, Nagasaki""Jennings's chronicle of one of World War II's least-known campaigns is as thrilling as it is erudite. The author never lets his readers catch their breath: as an experienced war correspondent, he knows what it is like to be close to the fighting and there are moments when you can all but smell the cordite. Vivid, enthralling and authoritative, "At War on the Gothic Line" is military history at its pacy best." John Hooper, author of "The Italians.""This book is fascinating: a vivid and refreshingly new and important angle on the war in Italy." Professor David Stafford, author of "Mission Accomplished: SOE and Italy 1943-'45""
CHRISTIAN JENNINGS has been an investigative journalist, a war correspondent and a history, science and current affairs author for over twenty years, working mainly in the Balkans, Africa and EU. From 1999 - 2012 he wrote for such publications as "The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman "and "Wired magazine. "Originally from the UK, he has lived in Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Serbia. He currently lives in Turin, Italy.