The Day Of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-44
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 the 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.
The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill and their military advisors engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once underway, 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 push the Germans up the Italian peninsula. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.
Drawing on an astonishing array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank.
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Review: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy #2)User Review - Yume - Goodreads
This trilogy is just breathtaking in both its epic scope and its careful detail. Atkinson takes you from the generals' HQ to the diaries of privates on the ground. His books read like the best fiction ... Read full review
Review: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy #2)User Review - Joe Koudelka - Goodreads
This is the second book of Atkinson's WWII Liberation Trilogy. Atkinson provides a good balance of detailing the overall strategy, the personalities of the generals, the politics and the travails of ... Read full review