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An army at dawn : the war in North Africa, 1942-1943 (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2002)

av Rick Atkinson

Serier: Liberation Trilogy (2)

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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.
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Titel:An army at dawn : the war in North Africa, 1942-1943
Författare:Rick Atkinson
Info:New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2002.
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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 av Rick Atkinson (2007)

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Comprehensive, deep dive into Sicily and Italy, almost to the exclusion of the rest of Europe and with virtually no mention of the Pacific. But as a result, following the threads is much easier than a more thorough review of all of WW2. (I can't imagine having to keep up with a history of the entire war ... much less living, leading and/or fighting in it!) Atkinson introduces us to a number of the key characters, mostly generals (leaving Churchill, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Roosevelt to others. Some are swashbucklers -- such as Patton, a pathetic, if not tragic figure in some ways -- but perhaps most interestingly, Clark, Truscott, Alexander and a few others.

For 8 days this was a steady read, and I'll likely wait a few more days to begin #3 in the trilogy. But I look forward to it. Then on to his planned trilogy about the American Revolution. ( )
  markburris | Jul 11, 2021 |
In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.
  MasseyLibrary | Jun 20, 2020 |
A detailed account of the war in Italy from the landings in Sicilia to the conquest of Roma. Mistakes are shown and explained; the suffering of the soldiers and of the civilians are told in full, as are decisions (good or bad ones).
Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy, of which The Day of Battle is the middle.
  MasseyLibrary | Jun 20, 2020 |
A detailed account of the war in Italy from the landings in Sicilia to the conquest of Roma

Mistakes are shown and explained; the suffering of the soldiers and of the civilians are told in full, as are decisions (good or bad ones) ( )
  norbert.book | Jul 17, 2018 |
Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy, of which The Day of Battle is the middle, is the best military history I’ve read since Shelby Foote’s The Civil War. Research is extensive, narrative is excellent, maps are good, not much not to like. Atkinson doesn’t care much for Montgomery and Alexander and Freyberg, but he comes down fairly hard on the American side too. If there’s a flaw here, Atkinson tends to focus too much on the generals rather than the “little guy”; there are plenty of extracts from diaries and letters home, but the writers are usually anonymous (i.e. “A private in the 36th infantry said…”). There’s also not too much from the other side – German soldiers and Italian civilians doubtless have interesting stories to tell.


The details are fascinating. The description of the horrific battles to crack the Gustav Line and of the rear area “garritroopers” in Naples are outstanding. I was surprised to find that 10% of the 5th Army was hospitalized with venereal disease at one time or another, and the 60% of the women in Italy were supposed to be infected. I suppose if you put a bunch of young men in proximity to a bunch of starving women, it’s bound to happen; the surprise may be how few rather than how many. (Atkinson notes at one point that many of the streetwalkers in Naples powdered their hair with DDT but doesn’t comment further – in the mistaken belief it could do something about VD? To demonstrate they didn’t have lice? Just as a fashion statement?) I’m also a little disappointed Atkinson didn’t continue with the Italian campaign past the fall of Rome; it was admittedly a sideshow, but sometimes what goes on in the sideshows is just as interesting as the main event. At least four stars. ( )
  setnahkt | Dec 21, 2017 |
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Muses, launch your song!
What kings were fired for war, what armies at their orders
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