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General Lucas at Anzio

Martin Blumenson

General Lucas at Anzio

by Martin Blumenson

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Published by Center of Military History, U.S. Army in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Lucas, John P. -- 1918-,
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy,
  • Italy -- History -- German occupation, 1943-1945

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Martin Blumenson
    SeriesCMH pub -- 70-7-13
    ContributionsCenter of Military History
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. [323]-350 :
    Number of Pages350
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13613269M

    Get this from a library! Anzio: Italy and the battle for Rome, [Lloyd Clark] -- "The Allied attack of Normandy beach and its resultant bloodbath have been immortalized in film and literature, but the U.S. campaign on the beaches of Western Italy reigns as . The commander at Anzio, Maj. Gen. John Lucas of VI Corps, was uninspiring and pessimistic, certain that he was about to plunge into disaster. Even hard chargers like Col. William O. Darby and his Ranger battalions ran into trouble, the result of carelessness and a subpar performance by American intelligence.

      Most historical accounts blame the failures at Anzio on the lack of aggressiveness by the Operation Shingle commander Major General John P. Lucas. However, when viewed in the larger context of the strategy to defeat Germany and the Allied Campaign in Italy, Operation Shingle is a showcase of failure at the operational level of : Lucas at Anzio, What Next, General? It is early January as you assume the role of Major General John P. Lucas, commander of U.S. VI Corps that is currently fighting a tough war against skilled and determined German defenders in World War II’s Italian Campaign.

    might have been more dar- It is usual, especially ing on the first and secondamong British historians, to day, but I know of no one atplace the responsibility for the time who suggested athe failure of the Anzio cam- W.O. John W. Kramer (Italy, February headlong race to the hills,paign at General Lucas’ ) by Tom Craig.   Book Recommendations for Salerno and Anzio Landings Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips. and I am aware that Atkinsons second book, "Day of Battle" is considered to be a rather poor history of the Italian campaign that focuses too much on the drama of the generals involved. General Lucas at Anzio. In K.R. Greenfield (ed.), Command Decisions. (p.


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Genre/Form: Government publications History: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Blumenson, Martin. General Lucas at Anzio. Washington, D.C.: Center of. Command Decisions. General Lucas at Anzio Pamphlet – January 1, See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Price New from Used from Pamphlet "Please retry" $ — $ Pamphlet $ 1 Used from $ The Amazon Book Review Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more.

Format: Pamphlet. The author spends the most time, using archival data, building a profile of General Lucas.

It was interesting to read about the personalities of these people. The author does a good job of connecting the interrelationship of the Anzio beachhead and the Allied line at Cassino. The Anzio landing was never meant to be an independent action/5(3).

I very much enjoyed Clark's book on Anzio. It's difficult not to blame Churchill for insisting on the Anzio offensive, resulting in tremendous casualties and the eventual, yet strategically insignificant, capture of Rome.

Clark lays out the big picture but then seasons it with the stories of the men who fought there/5. The Anzio invasion began at on 22 January and achieved, General Lucas recalled, one of the most complete surprises in history.

The Germans had already sent their regional re- 8. serves south to counter the Allied attacks on the Garigliano on 18 January, leaving one nine-mile stretch of beach at Anzio defended by a single company.

The author spends the most time, using archival data, General Lucas at Anzio book a profile of General Lucas. It was interesting to read about the personalities of these people.

The author does a good job of connecting the interrelationship of the Anzio beachhead and the Allied line at Cassino.

The Anzio landing was never meant to be an independent action.4/5(1). US troops under Major General John P. Lucas made an amphibious landing behind German lines at Anzio, Italy, just south of Rome. Major General Lucas commanded Operation Shingle, a surprise landing behind German lines in Italy.

General Luc. The plan called for landing the U.S. VI Corps under Major General John P. Lucas at Anzio, a resort town on Italy’s western coast approximately 80 miles behind the Gustav Line and 35 miles from Rome.

The Anzio landings would be coupled with a breakthrough at the Gustav Line by the remainder of Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark’s Fifth Army. Genre: Anzio Beachhead, _Book General Lucas at Anzio Full Description: " When you read the General Lucas at Anzio book, all your attention to the subject matter - Try to read minutes before the move, and you will be amazed at how much your focus as.

One general who did demonstrate these qualities served directly under Clark's command at Anzio – Lucian Truscott. After reading the exhaustively researched first two books of Rick Atkinson's trilogy, Truscott stood out from the rest. He wasn't a glory hog, he was analytical and a doer.

He was proactive before the term was invented; he was a Author: Nigel Davies. Anzio Beachhead, fourteenth in the series of studies of particular combat operations, is the story of how VI Corps of the American Fifth Army seized and held a strategic position far to the rear of the main fighting front, in the Italian campaign of Since VI Corps included British as well as American units, and the high command in Italy.

Wynford Vaughan-Thomas was an English war correspondent who was at Anzio. He covers the British units and also the 45th, who was adjacent to the British. He offers his insight into General Lucas's headquarters.

The learning curve had been steep, particularly for the Americans. Indeed, the dashing Brigadier General Lucian Truscott, the future divisional and corps commander at Anzio, stated that his landing in Morocco was a “hit and miss affair that would have spelled disaster against a well-armed enemy intent on resistance.”.

The invasion at Anzio, on the west coast of Italy just south of Rome, was probably the worst-commanded military operation conducted by the Allies in World War II. D'este believes General. John Porter Lucas was a senior officer of the United States Army who saw service in World War I and World War II.

He is most notable for being the commander of the U.S. VI Corps during the Battle of Anzio (Operation Shingle) in the Italian Campaign of World War II. He does get quite disparaging about Lucas and rightly-so, in my opinion. General Truscott gets a 'rave review' from Vaughan-Thomas, again something I (and every Anzio veteran I've spoken to) strongly agree with.

It's just a very good /5(6). recent book, Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio. At last, when the titanic struggle took a short breather following the February assaults, General Lucas, who had earned the ire of Churchill, Alexander, and Clark for not being more aggressive, was relieved of command of.

But General Lucas, following orders and his own experience from the Salerno invasion, spent valuable time digging in and consolidating his foothold.

Unfortunately, none of the Allies anticipated that German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, the highly talented commander of German forces in Italy, could react as quickly or forcefully as he : Flint Whitlock.

The Anzio invasion began at on 22 January and achieved, General Lucas recalled, one of the most complete surprises in. Lucas was highly critical of the plans for the Anzio battle, believing his force was not strong enough to accomplish its mission. His confidence was not reinforced when the mission was scaled back by last-minute orders and advice from his commander, Lieutenant General Mark W.

Clark, who told him not to "stick his neck out".Parents: Charles Lucas, Frances Thomas Lucas. Operation Shingle, or the battle of Anzio (22 January-5 June ) was one of the most controversial battles of the Italian campaign, and saw a joint Anglo-American force land close to Rome to break the deadlock at Camino, only to get bogged down and besieged in a narrow beachhead for months.

The idea of carrying out a major landing somewhere behind the. Lloyd Clark has written a tremendous and powerful new account of the Battle of Anzio. This book does something that few histories of World War II are able to do- it provides all level of analysis by examining tactics, strategy and grand strategy while still providing insight into the average soldier's thoughts and experiences.5/5(5).On Januthe Allies landed virtually unopposed at Anzio and Nettuno.

Alexander wanted Lucas to advance and secure the nearby Alban Heights. But Clark, recalling his near disaster at Salerno, at the last minute told Lucas, “Don’t stick your neck out, Johnny. I did at Salerno and got into trouble.”.