The Day of Battle

The Day of Battle

The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

Large Print - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Detroit :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2013
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ♭2007
ISBN: 9781410463869
1410463869
Branch Call Number: LP 940.54215 ATK NVD
Characteristics: 1109 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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EvanSchoenfeld
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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