Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2018
Terry Copp, Wilfrid Laurier University, Wednesday, 19 Sept., 7 pm
The Winter Line: Italy 1943
The invasion of the Italian mainland was planned on the belief that a pre-negotiated Italian surrender meant an easy occupation of south and central Italy. After the near disaster at Salerno and clear evidence the Germans would fight south of Rome, a new strategy was called for. Instead of a weakened force, from Ortona to the Garigliano the Allies encountered a well-entrenched enemy taking advantage of weather and terrain. This talk will examine command decisions in December 1943 and assess their consequences.
Terry Copp is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. Terry is author or co-author of some 20 books, including Cinderella Army: and Fields of Fire, and was lead historian for the acclaimed No Price Too Hightelevision series. He recently completed a digital project on Montreal during the First World War (montrealatwar.com) and is currently working on a new guidebook to the battlefields of Dieppe and Normandy.