Weary Allied troops camped before Cassino last week, bitter in defeat. Half-starved Gurkhas who had seized Hangman's Hill, only to be left stranded there deep within German positions, had crawled back under cover of a barrage, lucky to escape.
In Washington, War Secretary Stimson pronounced the epitaph on the latest Allied attack: "The simple fact is the Germans stopped us."
Hindsight. Not only was the epitaph pronounced but a postmortem was written by the Army and Navy Journal:
"There was the decision to enter Italy by the toe of the boot. This called for...