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German Defences in Italy in World War II by Neil Short

German Defences in Italy in World War II

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German Defences in Italy in World War II by Neil Short

In 1943, Hitler ordered his forces to occupy the Italian mainland to protect the Third Reich's 'soft underbelly'. Although the Allied landings in Salerno in 1943 were successful, the Germans fought a series of hard, rearguard actions as the Allies slowly pushed north up the Apennines towards the Alps. These actions were based around the construction of a series of defensive lines: the Winter Line, the Gustav Line, the Hitler Line, the Caesar Line, the Gothic Line and the Voralpenstellung. This book explores the development and form of the six defensive lines constructed by the paramilitary Organisation Todt in Italy, examining the principles of defence of these key fortifications in visual depth, and discussing their fate in the wake of the Allied onslaught.

About the Author

After completing an Honours Degree in History at the University of Lancaster, Neil Short gained a Master's Degree in Military History at the University of Leeds. He is a fully qualified Management Accountant working for the Ministry of Defence, but in his spare time undertakes research on World War II. He is currently writing a book on tank turrets. Neil lives and works in Bristol, UK.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st June 2006


Neil Short

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Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


57 pages


European history
Second World War
War & defence operations



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