The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of miscalculation and incomparable courage, of calamity and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson focuses on 1942 and 1943, showing ...
how central the great drama that unfolded in North Africa was to the ultimate victory of the Allied powers and to America's understanding of itself.Opening with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algiers, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and often poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and fresh insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.
A very well-researched account of U.S. and British (and French) fighting against the German and Italian armies in Northern Africa. This book uncovers many little known or forgotten facts about America's entry into action against Nazi Germany. TheA very well-researched account of U.S. and British (and French) fighting against the German and Italian armies in Northern Africa. This book uncovers many little known or forgotten facts about America's entry into action against Nazi Germany. The author includes many personal traits about the combatants (both Allied and Axis) as well as many of their thoughts, after action reports and diary entries. For a casual reader not well versed in military organization, it may be difficult to follow and keep brigades, divisions, corps, companies, battalions, etc. apart. There are also a lot of generals and commanders which may be difficult to remember who is in charge of what unit (added to the fact that many commanders change units frequently throughout the book). If you like war history, I recommend this book. Like I said earlier, this book is very well researched, almost 30% of it was dedicated to references and acknowledgements....Continua Nascondi