Brian Burton is an independent military historian (‘The Forgotten Regiment – The Story of the 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Libya 1941-1942′), specialising in Middle Eastern campaigns. He served in the North African campaign as tank crew with the regiment, part of 22nd Armoured Brigade of the famous 7th Armoured Division in 1941-42, and was involved in the relief of Tobruk and the capture of Benghazi. Burton’s unit undertook a number of operations in conjunction with the Australian 9th Infantry Division which helped stabilize the position at El Alamein. He then went on to serve in Italy and later in France and Germany with 21 Army Group and ended up in Berlin – and even managed to inspect the Hitler bunker under the Reich Chancellery before the Russians blew it up. Altogether an interesting, if at times, hazardous war.
‘Are you sure you’ve got the right number? It seems a remarkably low one to me.’ ‘He always claimed to be Number 3 of the Australian Army’, was my reply. I was talking to someone at Veterans Affairs in Canberra about my father’s entitlement to the award of the Anzac Commemorative Medallion which was instituted […]
Monte Cassino was the cornerstone of the German defensive system known as the Gustav Line and, while it remained intact, it prevented any further advance on Rome from the south by the US 5th and British 8th Armies. Not since 536 AD had any army ever succeeded in capturing Rome from the south.
After four months of bitter fighting since invading the Italian mainland, by the end of 1943 the combined British and American armies hadn’t got much to show for it.
Six days after Montgomery’s Eighth Army landed on the toe of Italy and began its ponderous advance north, troops of the Anglo American Fifth Army came ashore at Salerno
Not a lot has ever been written, or said, in Australia about the long and bitter campaign conducted against the Axis (mostly German) forces in Italy during the Second World War.
It’s the geography that counts (among other things) The present conflict for the control of Libya seems to have reached a stalemate…