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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and ItalyIn An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in Julyand then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward RomeThe Italian campaign’s outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the socalled soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war’s most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient And with the liberation of Rome in June , ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitableDrawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history’s most compelling military campaigns The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943 1944

About the Author: Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson, editor, is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and historian who worked for twenty five years as a correspondent and editor for The Washington Post He is the author of several books, including the acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about World War II: An Army at Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light, as well as The British Are Comin

10 thoughts on “The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943 1944

  1. Matt Matt says:

    “Secrecy was paramount. [Admiral H. Kent] Hewitt doubted that three thousand vessels could sneak up on Sicily, but [Operation] Husky’s success relied on surprise. All documents that disclosed the invasion destination were stamped with the classified code word Bigot, and sentries at the Husky planning headquarters in Algiers determined whether visitors held appropriate security clearances by asking if they were ‘bigoted.’ (‘I was frequen

  2. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    While as well researched as An Army At Dawn, I found myself struggling with The Day of Battle - perhaps because of the brutality of this phase of the war which cost most casualties than the North African phase. Atkinson goes into excruciating detail about all the blunders: poor logistics, deaths by friendly fire, destruction of cultural monuments, atrocities committed on civilian populations. That being said, it is an exhaustive, accurate account of

  3. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    The follow-up to Atkinson's An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle covers the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy from 1943-1944. I knew little about this front, as it often gets eclipsed by the later invasion of France. It was fascinating to follow the internal struggles between the American and British -- Churchill relentlessly insisting they rip out the 'soft underbelly' of Axis Europe, which proved to be none too soft -- while the Americans saw the Me

  4. William William says:

    Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson is volume II of his Liberation Trilogy, a retelling of the US involvement in WWII that welds lyrical prose with detailed narrative.

    For Atkinson, writing a book on Sicily and Italy is a tough deal, as it is the lackluster mid-point between North Africa and France, a thankless second act bridging the good parts of a three-act play. The war in Italy is seen within the doubtless good-versus-evil framework of W

  5. A. L. Sowards A. L. Sowards says:

    The allied campaign in Italy could be summed up in one quote, spoken by a general from New Zealand after studying a failed American attempt to breach the Rapido river, “Nothing was right except the courage.”

    What went wrong? Plenty. Cassino. Security lapses. Malaria. Italy’s topography. Cassino. The Gustav, Hitler, and Caesar lines. Failure to reach the Alban Hills before the Germans counterattacked at Anzio. Cassino. Constant bickering bet

  6. Curtiss Curtiss says:

    The second volume in Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy; I can hardly wait for volume three.

    This volume deals with the second year of the war in the Mediterranean, including the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio; ending with the capture of Rome the day before the Normandy landings, much to the chagrin of the troops in Italy who held the headlines for barely a day. It further reinforces my negative opinion of America's strategic planning, or ra

  7. Dimitri Dimitri says:

    Like the army under narration, Atkinson has grown into his role. Amidst the anekdotes, the overall military situation stands out clearer, especially the looming demands of a Normandy landings for both shipping and veteran units. The German propaganda leaflet (discussed both in the picture section & the corpus) showing the American arrival at Berlin circa 1952 at their current pace captures the atmosphere nicely: how long can we plod in front of Cassino, while

  8. Brian Brian says:

    You can't fault Rick Atkinson for the amount of research he does. He pores through histories, letters, diaries and battle reports. The result is a full, although at times overly detailed history of the allied taking of Sicily and Italy during World War Two. He quotes not just what soldiers wrote home, but sometimes what they said on the battlefield in the heat of action.

    In particular what emerges is a picture of military leadership that is both accurate a

  9. Dj Dj says:

    A book I might have ranked higher if I was more into the writing style. Although I might have ranked it lower if it hadn't been such a clearly presented view of what is normally a very difficult subject to write about. Italy is never an easy read and sometimes the books on the subject are either so detailed or lacking in detail that you loose a great deal in regards to what is going on.
    Atkinson does a good job of keeping clear what is taking place and where. He

  10. Mark Mark says:

    Meticulously researched Rick Atkinson provides a highly readable narrative of the fighting in Sicily and Italy, in 1943-44, in which my father participated as a member of the Fourth Indian Division, 1st Field Artillery.

    Called up in 1939, Father had reached the rank of Major and was serving in the Fourth Indian Division, part of General Montgomery’s Eighth Army, when five years later he found himself crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy. The

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