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With British Guns in Italy A Tribute to Italian Achievement   By: (1887-1962)

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With British Guns in Italy: A Tribute to Italian Achievement by Hugh Dalton is an exceptional account of the remarkable accomplishments of the British soldiers who fought alongside their Italian allies during World War II. This enlightening book is an invaluable tribute to the courage and resilience demonstrated by the Italian people during some of the darkest times in their history.

Dalton, with his extensive knowledge and experience as a wartime Minister, has meticulously crafted a narrative that not only sheds light on the military efforts but also delves into the cultural and societal aspects of Italy during this turbulent period. His vivid descriptions transport readers to the war-ravaged country, granting them the ability to witness the struggles and triumphs of both British and Italian soldiers first-hand.

One of the notable strengths of this book is Dalton's balanced approach to recounting the events. He unapologetically addresses the challenges and obstacles faced by the British forces, displaying the reality of war without shying away from its horrors. At the same time, he consistently highlights the determination and resourcefulness of the Italian people, emphasizing their significant contribution to the Allied cause.

Dalton's attention to detail is truly commendable. His thorough research is evident throughout the book, as he seamlessly weaves personal anecdotes, primary source documents, and historical context into a cohesive narrative. This not only offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the military strategies employed but also provides a deeper insight into the relationship between the British and Italian troops.

Furthermore, Dalton's admiration for the Italian people shines through in every page. He praises their unwavering spirit and their ability to find joy amidst the chaos. His descriptions of their unique traditions, beautiful landscapes, and delicious cuisine not only add depth to the narrative but also serve as a reminder of the indomitable human spirit.

However, it is worth noting that the book does occasionally delve into intricate military tactics, which may not be of interest to all readers. Some may find these sections slightly dense or hard to follow, particularly if they are not well-versed in military terminology. Nevertheless, Dalton's engaging writing style and passion for his subject matter manage to keep readers invested, even during these more technical passages.

In conclusion, With British Guns in Italy: A Tribute to Italian Achievement by Hugh Dalton is an insightful and captivating tribute to the heroic efforts of both British and Italian soldiers during World War II. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the multifaceted aspects of war, as well as for those seeking a deeper appreciation of the enduring Italian spirit. Dalton's masterful storytelling and meticulous research make this an essential addition to any history enthusiast's library.

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First Published in 1919


"Nella primavera si combatte e si muore, o soldato."

M. PUCCINI, Dal Carso al Piave .

"So they gave their bodies to the commonwealth and received, each for his own memory, praise that will never die, and with it the grandest of all sepulchres; not that in which their mortal bones are laid, but a home in the minds of men, where their glory remains fresh to stir to speech or action as the occasion comes by. For the whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives."

Funeral Speech of Pericles .

"Dying here is not death; it is flying into the dawn."

MEREDITH, Vittoria .


So far as I know, no British soldier who served on the Italian Front has yet published a book about his experiences. Ten British Batteries went to Italy in the spring of 1917 and passed through memorable days. But their story has not yet been told. Nor, except in the language of official dispatches, has that of the British Divisions which went to Italy six months later, some of which remained and took part in the final and decisive phases of the war against Austria... Continue reading book >>

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