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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (2007)

by Rick Atkinson

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As a German general said to a British general after the war, next time you attack Italy don't start at the boot! The Allies failed to realize Italy with its mountains was designed for defensive warfare. The Allies needed creative thinking but did not have the strategy. The one thing they did try was the Anzio landing behind enemy lines; however, they needn't a Patton type general to exploit the landing. But General Mark Clark and his subordinate failed to take advantage of the successful landing. Thus, Italy became a World War I like slogging battle. General Clarke comes across as a decent but not great commander. It was only after the Allies amassed overwhelming superiority with control of the skies that they broke through. Atkinson describes the action and provides character sketches of the important Allied commanders. A friend who just toured monte cassino says the current Guide says the Germans were using the monastery which is contrary to Atkinson's book. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
Very well written, shines a light on the Italian Campaign. Provided me with more insight into what went on in the Italy. Well worth the read. ( )
  Philip100 | Oct 2, 2015 |
The second part of Atkinson's trilogy shifts to Italy. The location differs -- the quality of the writing and reporting do not. Amazing stuff. ( )
  VashonJim | Sep 6, 2015 |
Interesting details helped add color to this dark story of the war in Italy.I believe the author is ambivalent about the campaign. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
This is the second book in the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson. It picks up the story after the conclusion of the North Africa campaign and provides a thorough narrative of the events in Sicily and Italy, a crucial but often overlooked period of World War II. ( )
  proflinton | Sep 11, 2014 |
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What kings were fired for war, what armies at their orders
thronged the plains?  What heroes sprang into bloom,
what weapons blazed, even in those days long ago,
in Italy's life-giving land?

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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2007: Topping a Pulitzer Prize-winning effort is tough; finding originality in a World War II narrative is even tougher. Yet Rick Atkinson accomplishes both with The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. His previous work, An Army at Dawn, won the 2003 Pulitzer in history, but Atkinson has managed to set the bar even higher with his second installment in "The Liberation Trilogy." He descends upon each battlefield with rich historical perspective, tactical analysis, and chilling frontline observations. Cocksure Hollywood bravado is sparse, as Atkinson depicts soldiers fighting for honor, not glory. "We did it because we could not bear the shame of being less than the man beside us," explains one soldier's diary. "We fought because he fought; we died because he died." The result is an incredible portrayal of the courage, sorrow, and determination that came to define our greatest generation. --Dave Callanan

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The second volume in a trilogy chronicling the liberation of Europe during World War II focuses on the Allied campaigns in Sicily and Italy, detailing the bloody battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino, as well as the June 1944 liberation of Rome.… (more)

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