Had to hunt before finding a safe, free source to post this old WW II account. Anzio was an example of terrible leadership; had we taken the initiative, we’d have caught the Germans flatfooted. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Patton in charge. A failure to recognize that we had complete surprise allowed the Germans to rush troops into the area, resulting in needless casualties.
The Battle for Anzio (1968). One of WWIIs bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome.
Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti
Writers: H.A.L. Craig (screenplay) (as Harry Craig), Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (book)
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan