The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 2nd 2007
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 823
Edition language: English
, American History
, World War II
, Military History
, European History
, World History
Series: World War II Liberation Trilogy (#2)
read it awhile, briefly thought about repurchasing it (forgot I read it), and then read some reviews and realized I did remember it.the meticulously researched account of the Italy campaign, only given 4/5 out of deference to [a:Antony Beevor|3407|Antony Beevor|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1338559...
A great look at the Allied war to retake Italy from the Germans in WWII. Very evocative, and heartbreaking to read in several sections. For those who want to know more about WWII beyond D-Day and the Holocaust. Very much recommended.For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/revie...