The Day of Battle

The Day of Battle

The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

Large Print - 2013
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Follows the Allied armies from the July 1943 invasion of Sicily to the June 1944 liberation of Rome.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781410463869
Characteristics: 1109 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.


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Sep 11, 2016

Like 'An Army at Dawn,' 'Day' attempts to offer an understanding of terrible events. The big picture of whys and wherefores is well drawn, but Atkinson has a mission to acquaint us with individual details: The phrase '1000 casualties' means something much more than numbers. One wishes there were some way to know with certainty that this theater of conflict was absolutely necessary. Powerful writing; a search for truth.


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

This is the second volume of the Liberation Trilogy (begun in An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa 1942-1943). It is a comprehensive work of the entire Allied effort to invade Nazi-controlled Europe through its "soft underbelly"(as Winston Churchill put it). From the secret memos sent from Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to the "just-in-case" letters written by soldiers the night before a battle, Rick Atkinson relates this epic story with utter compassion and meticulous care. While a bit technical at times, he pieces the different components of this far-reaching campaign together in a flawless manner.

The heartbreaking tragedies and needless casualties caused by ignorance and the supreme victory gained through hard-nosed determination and bravery gain equal attention in this book. Atkinson uses these counterpoints to illustrate the simple humanity of the people involved in this event that changed world history.


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