Battleaxe Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78 Division 1942-45 - Ken FordStroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Small nick to the top corner of the upper panel.
Includes: Order of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendix;
From the cover: “In 1942, Britain’s 78th (Battleaxe) Division was the elite spearhead for the imminent invasion of North Africa. The 78th had been assembled in Scotland that same year and adopted the insignia of a yellow Crusader’s battleaxe on a black background.
In November 1942, the 78th landed in Algiers as part of Operation Torch and fought a series of crucial actions there and in Tunisia. During the winter of 1942/3, it was involved in some of the most gruelling and costly fighting of the war: actions at Tebourba and Longstop Hill became famous as battles of dogged resistance against the odds. The two VCs which were won in these firefights, together with another awarded later on the Gustav Line in Italy in 1944, show that the division was always in the thick of the action. Moving on to Sicily in July 1943, the 78th fought its way through to a landing in Italy in September. A hard slog up through to the north ensued and involved crossing the heavily fortified River Sangro where, inevitably, all the bridges over the river had been blown up. The crossing, a bloody affair, was Montgomery’s last campaign in Italy before he left to take over command of the D-Day invasion. The 78th then pitched itself against tough German resistance via Monte Cassino, Rome and the Gothic Line, before finally reaching the Argenta Gap in northern Italy in 1945, all the while sustaining horrendous casualties. The final act for the 78th was the push into Austria to round up the German forces, and it ended the war as part of the Army of Occupation.
Battleaxe Division provides a unique account of the exploits of the 78th Division. Ken Ford combines his own compelling narrative with first-hand accounts from the soldiers who fought with the 78th. Illustrated with fifty black and white photographs and maps, this book will appeal to all who have ever served with the British Army, and anyone with an interest in the history of the Second World”