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Air War over Italy
by Andrew Brookes

by Martin Blumenson

Anzio, Epic of Bravery
by Fred Sheehan, Martin Blumenson

The Attack on Taranto : Blueprint for Pearl Harbor
by Thomas P. Lowry, John W.G. Wellham
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811726614

The Battle of Anzio
by T. R. Fehrenbach

The Battle for Rome : The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope, September 1943-June 1944
The Battle for Rome : The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope, September 1943-June 1944
by Robert Katz
Book Description: In September 1943, the German army marched into Rome, beginning an occupation that would last nine months until Allied forces liberated the ancient city. During those 270 days, clashing factions -- the occupying Germans, the Allies, the growing resistance movement, and the Pope -- contended for control over the destiny of the Eternal City. In The Battle for Rome, Robert Katz vividly recreates the drama of the occupation and offers new information from recently declassified documents to explain the intentions of the rival forces. 

One of the enduring myths of World War II is the legend that Rome was an "open city," free from military activity. In fact the German occupation was brutal, beginning almost immediately with the first roundup of Jews in Italy. Rome was a strategic prize that the Germans and the Allies fought bitterly to win. The Allied advance up the Italian peninsula from Salerno and Anzio in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war was designed to capture the Italian capital. 

Dominating the city in his own way was Pope Pius XII, who used his authority in a ceaseless effort to spare Rome, especially the Vatican and the papal properties, from destruction. But historical documents demonstrate that the Pope was as concerned about the Partisans as he was about the Nazis, regarding the Partisans as harbingers of Communism in the Eternal City. The Roman Resistance was a coalition of political parties that agreed on little beyond liberating Rome, but the Partisans, the organized military arm of the coalition, became increasingly active and effective as the occupation lengthened. Katz tells the story of two young Partisans, Elena and Paolo, who fought side by side, became lovers, and later played a central role in the most significant guerrilla action of the occupation. In retaliation for this action, the Germans committed the Ardeatine Caves Massacre, slaying hundreds of Roman men and boys. The Pope's decision not to intervene in that atrocity has been a source of controversy and debate among historians for decades, but drawing on Vatican documents, Katz authoritatively examines the matter. 

Katz takes readers into the occupied city to witness the desperate efforts of the key actors: OSS undercover agent Peter Tompkins, struggling to forge an effective spy network among the Partisans; German diplomats, working against their own government to save Rome even as they condoned the Nazi repression of its citizens; Pope Pius XII, anxiously trying to protect the Vatican at the risk of depending on the occupying Germans, who maintained order by increasingly draconian measures; and the U.S. and British commanders, who disagreed about the best way to engage the enemy, turning the final advance into a race to be first to take Rome. 

The Battle for Rome is a landmark work that draws on newly released documents and firsthand testimony gathered over decades to offer the finest account yet of one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II. 
Hardcover from Simon & Schuster

Asiago : Italy
(Battleground Europe Series)
by Francis MacKay

Benito Mussolini (Leading Lives)
by David Downing
(Library Binding)

Cassino : The Hollow Victory : The Battle for Rome January--June 1944
by John Ellis
Andre Deutsch Ltd; ISBN: 0233975691

Cassino: Portrait of a Battle
by Fred Majdalany
Paperback from Cassell Academic

The Ciano Diaries, 1939 - 1943: The Complete, Unabridged Diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1936-1943
by Galeazzo Ciano, et al
An insider's look into wartime diplomacy in Europe, through Mussolini's foreign minister's confidential diaries that were secreted out of Italy after Ciano's execution in 1943.
Paperback: 620 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.49 x 8.92 x 6.02 
Publisher: Simon Publications; ; Reprint edition (July )
ISBN: 1931313741

Combat Jump : The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943
Combat Jump : The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943
by Ed Ruggero
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Common Destiny : Dictatorship, Foreign Policy, and War in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
by MacGregor Knox 

The Defamation of Pius XII
by Ralph M. McInerny

Desperate Inscriptions: Graffiti from the Nazi Prison in Rome, 1943-1944
by Stanislao G. Pugliese
from Bordighera, Inc.

Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy (Studies on the History of Society and Culture)
by Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
Book Description: This richly textured cultural history of Italian fascism traces the narrative path that accompanied the making of the regime and the construction of Mussolini's power. Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi reads fascist myths, rituals, images, and speeches as texts that tell the story of fascism. Linking Mussolini's elaboration of a new ruling style to the shaping of the regime's identity, she finds that in searching for symbolic means and forms that would represent its political novelty, fascism in fact brought itself into being, creating its own power and history. Falasca-Zamponi argues that an aesthetically founded notion of politics guided fascist power's historical unfolding and determined the fascist regime's violent understanding of social relations, its desensitized and dehumanized claims to creation, its privileging of form over ethical norms, and ultimately its truly totalitarian nature.
Paperback: 319 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.79 x 9.02 x 6.06 
Publisher: University of California Press; (August 7, )
ISBN: 0520226771 

Fascist Italy (New Frontiers in History)
by John Whittam

Grandfather's Tale : The Tale of a German Sniper
by Timothy Erenberger

Haile Selassie's War: Haile Selassie, Lion of Judah, Africa's Greatest Military Leader
by Anthony Mockler
Listed under Ethiopia

Hitler and Mussolini
by Santi Corvaja, R. L. Miller (Translator)

Hitler's Italian Allies : Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940-43
by MacGregor Knox

The Italian Army 1940-45 (Men-At-Arms Series, 353)
by Philip S. Jowett
Listed under Military Uniforms

The Italians and the Holocaust : Persecution, Rescue, and Survival
by Susan Zuccotti, Furio Colombo

The Last Soldiers of the King: Wartime Italy, 1943-1945
by Eugenio Corti, Manuela Arundel, Carlo D'Este
Paperback from Univ of Missouri Pr (Txt)

Lasting Valor
by Vernon J. Baker, Ken Olsen (Contributor)

Legacy of Bitterness : Ethiopia and Fascist Italy, 1935-1941
by Alberto Sbacchi
Listed under Ethiopia

The Long Road Home : The Autobiography of a Canadian Soldier in Italy in WWII
by Fred Cederberg

Mussolini As Diplomat : Il Duce's Italy on the World Stage
by Richard Lamb

Pius XII and the Second World War : According to the Archives of the Vatican
by Pierre Blet, et al

My Rise and Fall
by Benito Mussolini, et al

by Jasper Godwin Ridley 

by Jasper Ridley

Mussolini's Shadow : The Double Life of Count Galeazzo Ciano
by Ray Moseley

Mussolini Unleashed, 1939-1941: Politics and Strategy in Fascist Italy's Last War
by MacGregor Knox
(Paperback - July 1986)

Mussolini's Soldiers
by Rex Trye

Mussolini and Fascism (Interlink Illustrated Histories)
by Marco Palla, et al

Peace and War: Growing Up in Fascist Italy
by Wanda Newby
Paperback from Books Britain

Phoenix: Mussolini Memoirs
by Benito Mussolino , et al

Through My Eyes : 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign, 1942-45
Through My Eyes: 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign, 1942-45 (Hellgate Memories Series.)
by Leon Weckstein
Although rejected by the Coast Guard and the Navy in 1942 due to bad eyesight, Leon Weckstein was drafted into the army where it was discovered that he had an uncanny ability to perceive enemy movement and camouflage. His extraordinary talent led him to manning forward observation posts and directing artillery and mortar fire. Through My Eyes is Weckstein's personal account of his infantry days before, during, and shortly after the furiously fought battle for Italy.
Paperback - 208 pages (March 1, )
Publishers' Group West; ISBN: 1555714978
A Ramble Through My War : Anzio and Other Joys
by Charles F. Marshall

The Rock of Anzio : From Sicily to Dachau : A History of the 45th Infantry Division
by Flint Whitlock

Rome '44 : The Battle for the Eternal City
Paperback from Pimlico
24 August, 2004
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Spitfires over Sicily : The Crucial Role of the Malta Spitfires in the Battle of Sicily, July - August 1943
by Brian Cull, et al

Sicily - Salerno - Anzio : January 1943-June 1944
(History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, 9)
Listed under Samuel Eliot Morison

Under His Very Windows : The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy
by Susan Zuccotti

War in Italy 1943-1945 : A Brutal Story
by Richard Lamb
Paperback - 335 pages
Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306806886
War in Val D'Orcia 1943-1944 : A Diary (Nonpareil Books, No 13)
by Iris Origo
A classic of war, this is a superbly written account of civilian life in Tuscany by an Englishwoman married to an Italian. Db.
Paperback: 256 pages
David R Godine; ISBN: 0879234768; reissue edition (January )

Woman at War
by Dacia Maraini
(Paperback - February 1989)

Yours Is a Precious Witness : Memoirs of Jews and Catholics in Wartime Italy
by Margherita Marchione
Hardcover - 304 pages (March )
Paulist Press; ISBN: 0809104857

Controversial Concordats : The Vatican's Relations With Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler
by Frank J. Coppa (Editor)
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