Excerpt from The War Against Germany and Italy: Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas This collection of some five hundred pictures dramatically amplifies the written record of World War II in the Mediterranean Theater and the Middle East. The images freeze in place the soldiers, the weapons, the operations, the geography, and the tenor of the moment. Major General Orlando Ward's Foreword to the first edition (see next page) describes this visual dimension as essential to fully understanding military history. The War/1 gainst Germany and Italy: Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas was one of the first volumes in the United States Anny in World War 11 series, and it has stood the test of time. In its detailed coverage, the book has also served as a useful resource for anyone seeking to illustrate this stage of the war. Although this second edition keeps all the original photographs, captions, and short narrative historical introductions to each section, we have taken sev eral steps to improve the appearance, currency, and utility of the book. We obtained new prints of the photographs to ensure their clarity, replacing the old printing negatives. We also removed outdated references and developed an appendix that provides more detailed information on the sources and cataloging numbers of the photographs to assist those who want to get their own prints. In visually documenting the World War 11 experience, this is an invaluable col lection. In publishing this upgraded edition, we hope to revive and expand the book's effectiveness in promoting an awareness of the determination, courage, and sacrifices of the American soldier in World War 11. Similar second editions of the other two pictorial volumes in the World War series are in preparation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.