Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War, 1944-1945

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A close-up study of the groundbreaking events of the Italian campaign during the final months of World War II, as well as the lives and fates of people on both sides of the conflict, documents a period of intense brutality, violence, and destruction marked by by hundreds of civilian massacres carried out by the Germans and the deaths of thousands of Allied troops. 17,500 first printing.

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‘James Holland has written his best book yet, a gripping, yet compassionate account of the terrible war in Italy, with a memorable depiction of civilian suffering.’ Antony Beevor

'Impeccably researched and ingeniously structured ... "Italy's Sorrow" is a splendid account of an often overshadowed campaign by a historian who has already given us excellent studies of the Siege of Malta and the Desert War.' Daily Express

'The suffering of Italy's innocents deserves to be commemorated. James Holland's excellent book does that and much more, confirming his place in the first rank of contemporary military historians.' Mail on Sunday

'Assiduously researched, enthusiastically narrated ... it is hard to believe that this will not be the definitive account of the battle for Italy.' Daily Telegraph

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James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University.  A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines.  He is the author of three previous historical works – Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943; Together We Stand: North Africa 1942-1943 – Turning the Tide in the West; and Heroes: The Greatest Generation and the Second World War.  His many interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived on www.secondworldwarforum.com .  James Holland is married with two children and lives in Wiltshire.

Visit www.secondworldwarforum.com for articles, comment, blogs and an oral history archive.

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