The Price of Innocence, by Maurice G. Nash
Book published by C.C. Publishing in 2012, 284 pages. Paperback (N4867).
From the rear side cover: The author was a young sergeant with the British 8th Army when, in July 1944 in a remote area of Tuscany, he stumbled upon the very recent brutal massacre of 187 Italian civilian men, all victims of shocking reprisals by German forces for Partisan activities. Maurice Nash never forgot, and half a century later began researching the events surrounding this massacre.
This book is astonishing as it combines British war records with accounts from the Italian communities and the author's own first hand testimony of the dreadful scenes he encountered.
But the book also chronicles the activities of British 13 Corps Troops Workshop, a mobile unit of around 220 men, with whom Maurice served. This unit provided engineering support to artillery, armoured and infantry formations as the army crossed Italy from September 1943 to May 1945. Major battles are catalogued, including Cassino, the Gothic Line in the northern Appenines, and the massacre of 335 Italians in the Ardeatine caves.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The book has a very small amount of spine roll along the left hand edge, and a small area of bumping in the bottom left hand corner.