Storming Monte La Difensa

The First Special Service Force at the Winter Line, Italy 1943

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Storming Monte La Difensa

The First Special Service Force at the Winter Line, Italy 1943

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Featuring full-color artwork, archive photographs, and first-hand accounts from participants, Storming Monte la Difensa examines the origins, execution, and aftermath of the FSSF's spectacular success at Monte La Difensa amid the savage winter conditions of December 1943.

In December 1943 Monte La Difensa was part of the formidable German defenses overlooking the Allies' route to Rome via Monte Cassino. In the First Special Service Force's first combat in the Mediterranean theater, the Force would employ its special training in mountain and winter warfare to scale the peak, capture it, and then hold it against the inevitable German counterattacks. Astonishing their superiors, the First Special Service Force had succeeded in the face of seemingly impossible odds, but suffered a 77 percent casualty rate. Their victory, founded on their aggressive doctrine and extensive training in a variety of combat techniques, would prove instrumental in the postwar development of special forces.

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Published Feb 17 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472807663
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 56 b/w; 18 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Raid
Short code RAID 48
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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