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German Army Anzio - German Army combat at  Anzio beachhead, WW2
German Army Anzio
Chronicle of Anzio Combat, WW2
© 2008
311 pages; 14 chapters and 2 appendixes
German Army Anzio is an e-book that includes both analysis and actual German
Army war diary material describing
German Army combat around the Anzio
beachhead in 1944
. German Army Anzio includes surprising information about the
timidity of the allied forces that landed at
Anzio as well as the desperate courage of
the
German Army at Anzio as it fought so adroitly to prevent the huge allied
incursion at Anzio
from collapsing the German Army left flank at Anzio. The
overstretched
German Army Group defending Italy in 1944 was commanded by the
brilliant German Luftwaffe Field Marshal
Albert Kesselring, one of Germany’s most
gifted and little heralded generals. The reader will marvel at General Kesselring’s
brilliant attempt to stave off defeat and save the German 10th and 14th Armies in the
face of crushing allied numbers.
German Army Anzio is a most interesting e-book
that provides the reader the opportunity to delve into the minds of both
General
Kesselring’s German generals
and their adversaries around the Anzio
Beachhead.
Review Table of Contents
“The various sectors of the Anzio beachhead were occupied with gratifying ease, since only two under-strength German
coastal battalions opposed the twenty-seven-battalion Allied landing force (a more than 14 to 1 ratio in favor of the
Americans, not counting the firepower of their enormous invasion fleet and the attack power of their huge air force). A few
frazzled Germans, who had come from the Italian Front to Anzio for rest and rehabilitation, were also quickly overrun by
the Americans. By “oh dark thirty” the US VI Corps had landed approximately 36,000 men and 3,200 vehicles. The allies
also took 227 German prisoners at a cost of 13 killed, 97 wounded, and 44 missing. The American landing was a success
and the VI Corps could have overrun both the German left flank and Rome, if they had the stomach for it.
However, the American VI Corps was led by a timid general. During the next few days, the VI Corps exhibited that
exaggerated caution common to the leadership style of the US Army’s bureaucratic generals.  The VI Corps expanded its
beachhead at a snail’s pace as it grew to a bridgehead seven miles deep and sixteen miles long by 24 January. General
Lucas, the VI Corps commander, hesitated to make a decisive thrust inland and gave the Germans precious time to gather
strength.
The Germans did not hesitate because they knew what was at stake. Soon, Generaloberst Eberhard von Mackensen, who
assumed command of the Anzio beachhead defenses on 25 January, deployed elements of eight divisions with parts of
five more divisions on the way. Colonel General Mackensen's mission was not defensive. He was to ordered to gather the
concentrating German divisional fragments around Anzio and mount a German counter attack as soon as possible.”
Excerpt from German Army Anzio
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