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

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    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.
    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.


    Dimensions 9.35x7.0x1.2
    ISBN 9780805062892
    Genre HISTORY / Military / World War II
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 791
    Publisher Date 2007-10-02 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Henry Holt & Co
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 2.0 in
    Unit weight 2.9 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
    Series Name The Liberation Trilogy
    Series Volume Number 2
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Atkinson, Rick

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    • The Day of Battle

      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.

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    • The Day of Battle

      The second volume in a trilogy by Rick Atkinson on the US Army in Europe during World War II, Day of Battle describes the invasions of Sicily and Italy and the subsequent struggle up the Italian Peninsula. Atkinson brings this frequently neglected story to life with eye witness accounts based on extensive research. When one GI learned that it cost the Allies about $2500 to kill each enemy soldier in Italy, he confided to his diary that it would be better to just buy the enemy out and let everyone go home. Atkinson¿s deft handling of personalities is enlightening. While the battle raged to advance on Rome, Gen George Patton paced the marble floors of his palatial headquarters in Palermo -- banished from the action by his inexcusable assault on two American soldiers suffering from battle fatigue. Overshadowing Allied plans and operations in Italy, the buildup and planning for OVERLORD goes forward in Great Britain. Highly recommended.

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