Silence on Monte Sole - Jack OlsenLondon: Arthur Baker, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a nick to the foot of the spine and bottom corner of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Relentlessly, dispassionately and brilliantly told, this monumental account of an outrage buried in the atrocities of World War II may become one of the great polemics against war. During World War II, Monte Sole had the misfortune to lie on the main route of withdrawal of the retreating German armies — a route vitally important to Field Marshal Kesselring and to the partisans of the Stella Rossa, headquartered in the hills of Monte Sole.
Under the fierce command of ‘Il Lupo’ (The Wolf), the partisans harassed the Germans by attacking convoys, derailing trains, and once capturing top-secret plans for the German defences on the Gothic line. As the Allied advance stormed up Italy to the very shadow of Monte Sole, Axis frenzy reached its peak. With full authorization of Kesselring and with an infusion of dread SS reinforcements, the Germans deliberately set out to neutralize Monte Sole.
This massacre constitutes the core of Jack Olsen’s book. He interviewed the men and women who were there and miraculously survived and those who remember what took place during the unspeakable butchery of the next three days. Eighteen hundred men, women and children, most of them having had nothing to do with the partisans, were annihilated on Monte Sole. Those who did not die were later blown up by mines sown by the Germans who were determined that Kesselring’s orders be carried out: that Monte Sole be obliterated from the face of the earth.”