This is a good series. Atkinson's books are meticulously researched, and he moves easily from a grunt's eye perspective to the inner workings of the highest command. He can be rather dismissive of Monty, though not of the Commonwealth armies. He gives credit where it is due, and with respect to the Italian campaign covers the contributions of various allies like Berbers, New Zealanders and Juin's French troops, who were instrumental, and perhaps even responsible for, the unhinging of the Gustav line, despite their exposed right flank. A good addition to any library.