Not exactly. The German divisions that were operating in that theatre were NOT operating in Russia. That was the main plan. Hitler paid too much attention to Italy. He could have kept the Allies at bay with fewer divisions by not counterattacking. Losing those divisions on the Eastern Front was devastating to the Germans
The big discussion for the Allies was whether to go in at Anzio or south France or maybe Yugoslavia. It was agreed that taking Rome would help the war the most.
I’m now reading a book called Backwater war : the Allied campaign in Italy, 1943-1945 by Edwin P. Hoyt
It’s different in that it deals with the major decisions and politics throughout the war. Shocking actually.
Most of whats in this book couldn't’t have been told during WWII, and puts things in perspective.
Probably not as popular a read as books dealing with the actual battles, but the decision making at the top levels, and what really happened is amazing. Good example is:
It shows how much of a problem Ike had with Patton behind the scenes, and how they tried to dump him near the end of the war. They evaluated Patton and came to the conclusion he was mentally unstable.