Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943-44


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19 August 2020
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Victor Failmezger tells the story of the harrowing days leading up to the Allied liberation of Rome in 1944.

Drawing on years of archival research, Rome – City in Terror is the first English-language history to tell the full story of the German occupation of Rome during World War II, revealing the abject terror of existence under the Gestapo, whilst also celebrating the ordinary Roman’s unfaltering will to survive.

In September 1943, following wave upon wave of Allied bombing, Italy announced an armistice with the Allies. Shortly afterwards, the German army disarmed Italian forces and, despite military and civilian resistance, quickly overran Rome. The Gestapo wasted no time enforcing an iron grip once the occupation was in place. They swiftly eliminated the Carabinieri, rounded up thousands of Italians to build extensive defensive lines across Italy, and, at 5am one morning, arrested more than 1,000 Roman Jews and sent them to Auschwitz.

Rome – City in Terror is the compelling story of the Eternal City brought low, of the terror and hardship of occupation, and of the disparate army of partisan fighters, international diplomats, Vatican priests, Allied POWs and ordinary citizens who battled for the liberation of Rome. Having spent years retracing the steps of this international cast of characters, Victor Failmezger vividly recreates this desperate time, guiding readers down ancient Roman streets and through the tangled web of spy operations, military actions and partisan battles, bringing to life the daring exploits of the men and women who defied occupation to fight for freedom.

  • Osprey Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-4728-4128-5
  • £25. Hardback
  • Published: 17 September 2020



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