Cassino. Portrait of a Battle.

By Fred Majdalany

Printed: 1957

Publisher: Longmans Green & Co. London

Dimensions 15 × 22 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 22 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Navy cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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 A fantastic book written by a participant in this famous battle.


—–  Written by someone who was there so particularly good to read. I bought it for my husband and he loves it.

——-   A good read for anyone interested in military history; good for the general reader and the specialist alike. Having visited Monte Cassino was an experience which helped the book to come alive. Could have had more mention of British involvement.

——   A great account of the battle, which is considered the “Italian Stalingrad”, by one of his participants. Though technically memorialistic, since Mr. Madjalany fought in the battle himself, the book is never hagiographic and gives a precise and detailed account of facts ” from the inside”. The point of view of the single man is never neglected despite the broad picture of the events. It is also a very interesting book for anyone dedicated to the military history of the Commonwealth armies, since Cassino was the battle ground which saw the joint efforts of British, New Zealanders, Maori, Rajputi, Gurkha soldiers not to mention Americans, Polish, Moroccans and French who joined the fighting.

Fred Majdalany (1913-1967) was the son of a Manchester-based Lebanese family. Born Fareed, he insisted on being known as Fred. He worked as a journalist, drama critic and theatre publicist pre-war. He volunteered in 1939 and was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in 1940. Majdalany served in North Africa and Italy and was awarded the Military Cross. After the war he resumed his career as a journalist and published novels and military histories, all of which were well-received. He died in 1967.

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