Who Defends Rome? : The Forty-Five days, July 25–September 8, 1943 book cover
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Who Defends Rome?
The Forty-Five days, July 25–September 8, 1943

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ISBN 9781032100333
April 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1972, examines the tumultuous period between Mussolini’s dismissal and the German occupation of Rome 45 days later. Double-dealing, treachery, vindictiveness, cowardliness, contradictory orders are the hallmarks of this time, and the protagonists include Mussolini, Hitler, Eisenhower, Maxwell Taylor, the Italian King, Churchill and Badoglio. Its was then that Italy arranged a virtually meaningless armistice with the Allies, the terms of which were never clear to anyone. This book reconstructs these days with a clear and thorough analysis, using new evidence not previously available to researchers.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Weaving of Webs  1. The Critics  2. The Antagonists  3. The Scene-Shifters  4. The Spectators  5. In the Wings  6. The Curtain Rises  7. The Backstage Manoeuvres  Part 2. The Forty-Five Days  8. The People Exult  9. The Armies Prepare  10. The Illusion of Freedom  11. The Reality of Repression  12. The Exiles Return  13. Wolves Become Sheep  14. The Onset of Apathy  15. War…  16. …or Peace?  17. The Bombings  18. The Laggard Emissary  19. The Double-Track  20. The Allied Dilemma  21. The Missing General  22. Reinforcing Power  23. Hounds and Hares  24. The New Negotiator  25. The Return of the Dove  26. The Bluffing  27. Surrender…  28. …But When?  29. Slow Train to Turin  30. Clandestine Mission  Part 3. The Battle for Rome  31. Caught in the Middle  32. The Council of Fear  33. The Order of Battle  34. The Distant Drums  35. The Flight  36. Who Defends Rome?  37. The Withdrawal  38. The Battle for Rome  39. An Army Dissolves  40. The Submerged City

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