The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

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Henry Holt and Company, 02.10.2007 - 791 Seiten

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy

In An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.

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THE DAY OF BATTLE: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

The liberation of Europe marches on in the second volume of Atkinson's sterling Liberation Trilogy—though readers may sometimes wonder how the Allies ever won.After the German defeat in North Africa ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - enda - Overstock.com

Excellent sequel to An Army At Dawn which brings the initial entry of US forces into WWII. Firther brings to life the activities movements and decisions made taking the war into Sicily and Italy. Superbly researched. Well written. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2007)

Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, and In the Company of Soldiers. He was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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