"An exemplary, heartbreaking book"
Washington Post Book World
"Magnificent … Parker’s word-pictures summon conjure up the hellish landscape as vividly as photographs"
"Parker has interviewed veterans and ploughed through thousands of diaries and letters to being the essence of the struggle for the pivotal height of the Gustav Line to life. The soldiers' own words are poignant reminders of the scale and severity of the fighting ... Parker's book gives a fascinating insight into the foxhole-eye view of those months, as well as the machinations of the top brass. It is a pacy and informative addition to the military history of a much-neglected campaign"
"Monte Cassino, perhaps the most interesting campaign of all ... [a] moving and well-researched book"
"Good accounts have been written of the battle before but none has managed to convey the sheer awfulness of the fighting with quite the same success…Parker has produced a deeply moving, richly detailed and fast-paced account of the most infamous British battle of the Second World War"
Saul David, Sunday Telegraph
"An outstanding chronicle illustrating both valor and futility"
"An outstanding example of military history"