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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 By Rick Atkinson The Day of Battle The War in Sicily and Italy NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Majestic Atkinson s achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any
  • Title: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
  • Author: Rick Atkinson
  • ISBN: 9780805088618
  • Page: 285
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  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 By Rick Atkinson NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Majestic Atkinson s achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war The Wall Street JournalIn An Army at Dawn winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Atkinson provided an authoritative history of the Allied triumph inNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Majestic Atkinson s achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war The Wall Street JournalIn An Army at Dawn winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Atkinson provided an authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa during World War II Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.The decision to invade the so called soft underbelly of Europe was controversial, but once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered The battles at Salerno, Anzio, the Rapido River, and Monte Cassino were particularly lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, The Day of Battle is a masterly account of one of history s most compelling military campaigns.
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    1. Rick Atkinson

      Born in Munich, in the Federal Republic of Germany, Atkinson is the son of a U.S Army officer and grew up on military posts He holds a master of arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago He is the best selling author of The Long Gray Line, a narrative account about West Point s class of 1966 Crusade, a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War and An Army at Dawn , the first volume in the Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the American Army in North Africa, Italy, and Western Europe during the Second World War His book about the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, In the Company of Soldiers , was published in March 2004 The second volume of the Liberation Trilogy, The Day of Battle The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943 1944, was published in Oct 2007 Atkinson s awards include the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service, awarded to The Post for a series of investigative articles directed and edited by Atkinson on shootings by the District of Columbia police department the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for history, the 1989 George Polk Award for national reporting, the 2007 Gerald R Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, and the 2010 Pritzker Military Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing He has also served as the Gen Omar N Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S Army War College, where he remains an adjunct faculty member.He and his wife, Dr Jane C Atkinson, a researcher and clinician at the National Institutes of Health, live in the District of Columbia They have two grown children.

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

    1. 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 the conquering of Sicily and Italy between 1943 end [...]


    2. In An Army at Dawn, the first volume of his Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson delivered one of the best military histories I ve ever read Epic and intimate Thorough yet lucid Impeccably researched and gloriously written It set the bar high for the rest of his great literary project covering the western European theater of operations during World War II The Day of Battle, Atkinson s second volume, surpasses that high bar with ease An Army at Dawn ended with American and British troops victorious [...]


    3. 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 Mediterranean as a sideshow, taking valuable resources aw [...]


    4. 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 WWII, buttressed by the goal of unconditional surrender Even i [...]


    5. 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 rather the lack of strategic planning, at least thro [...]


    6. 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 between allies first between Patton and Monty, than between Clark and ev [...]


    7. 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 and not flattering Gen George Patton was a sp [...]


    8. A book I might have ranked higher if I was 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 does tend to focus primarily on the US si [...]


    9. Atkinson gets better in the second installment of his Liberation Trilogy Yes, this book is hefty, both physically and mentally.The Italian Campaign was the closest that the Western Allies came to WWI style attritional warfare The frustration at the stalemate in front of Cassino and at Anzio is palpable throughout the later half of the book While covering grand strategy, Atkinson still gives a feel for the individual Dogfaces, Tommies, Kiwis, and Gurkhas stuck in the battle.I think Day of Battle [...]


    10. This was a very interesting and informative history of the Italian campaign I haven t read a lot of books about the war in Italy, other than books about the Cassino battles, and Anzio I always had the intention of learning about this campaign as a whole, and Rick Atkinson did a very good job of telling the story I never realized all the infighting in the Allied command was so bad Especially between the British and American commands The stories of the battles are very well done This is a very th [...]


    11. Finely crafted account of a campaign neglected by popular history writers As in the first title in the series, we re privey to accounts of the struggle from all ranks, from Churchill and Clark down to captains and privates And like an Army at Dawn, this is no reverential hagiography While the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers is treated with compassion and admiration, Atkinson does not hold back from capturing the folly and incompetence displayed by the actors, including the long standing d [...]


    12. The second book in the Liberation Trilogy is, surprisingly, even better than the first one I would not have thought that was possible These books are about history, history that is for the large part well known There is no mystery as to who is going to win the war My father fought in these battles and I have heard stories from him and his friends Yet still Rick Atkinson makes learning even about them taunt, exciting, and page turning As with the first book there is the sweep of history, drawn i [...]


    13. This is the second volume of Rick Atkinson s Liberation Trilogy, and follows An Army At Dawn The Day of Battle is an interesting and fascinating account of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy during 1943 1944 Atkinson makes this story compelling, illuminating, personal and revealing on the difficult and incredible challenges that faced the Allied Forces in this theatre of war What I found most interesting and very informative was his detailed examination of the leadership characteristics and capab [...]



    14. The fog of war This phrase, introduced by the Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz in a book published in 1837, years after his death, is generally taken to mean that, in war, uncertainty and confusion demand fast and flexible thinking of military commanders In Rick Atkinson s The Day of Battle, the second book in his three volume account of the Allies in World War II, the term took on new meaning for me close to that of a phrase from contemporary slang, SNAFU situation normal, all f [...]


    15. Good military history Nothing really new covered here and the book ends in the spring of 1944 with just a cursory look at the last year of the Italian Campaign Why Because this is the second chapter of a trilogy about the liberation of Europe from the Nazi yoke.The real meat and potatoes of such a trilogy is going to the the third installment and the battle for Northwestern Europe France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany proper The Day of Battle is the middle installment traditionally always the [...]


    16. Sicily and Italy was a huge gap in my WWII knowledge, so I m glad to have read this Friends, it wasn t easy This was a hard go.Throughout the book Atkinson shows and then actually says at the very end that the Italian front was the aspect of the war that most closely resembled the brutal slog of WWI trench warfare Civilians starved to death, were gang raped, and had their villages and fields obliterated The descriptions of the battles of San Pietro and Monte Casino are among the saddest nonficti [...]


    17. War is such a nasty business, that it is almost unthinkable to write about a real war in great prose But Rick Atkinson did it in this book about the liberation of Sicily and Italy in 1943 1944.Following in the tradition of fine writing of the likes of Cornelius Ryan, Stephen Ambrose, and Hampton Sides, The Day of Battle brings the reader in an almost intimate manner to the struggles, the hardships, the sacrifices, the defeats, the victories, the sorrows, and the joys of the war in Italy, among t [...]


    18. If you read books about the Second World War, put Rick Atkinson s The Day of Battle at the top of your pile If you don t, this is a great place to start The focus of the book is on the American Army experience in Sicily and Italy from 1943 44 The British, Polish, Canadian, Free French, and New Zealand forces are also covered, but the emphasis here is on the American forces.The book is admirably balanced between the problems of command and the daily lives and deaths of the foot soldier Like in ot [...]


    19. This is the second book in Rick Atkinson s WWII Liberation trilogy I felt the same way about this one that I felt for his first oneAn Army at Dawn The War in North Africa, 1942 1943 For this book being a non fiction book, he does a great job at not just regurgitating the facts he compiled in his research I think the thing that helps is all of the personal stories from journals and letters that he included It put a touch of humanity in it and that helped it move along and kept it interesting War [...]


    20. I actually liked this book better than his first in this 3 part series the third book is still pending at this time I delves deeply into the theories, planning, scheming, folly, tragedy, valor, and pyrrhic success of the battles in Sicily and Italy Not only does it touch on famous scandals, like the famous Patton slapping incidents and the infighting between Allied generals, but it takes the reader right into the fox holes of the typical GI This theater of war quickly fell into the shadows of e [...]


    21. Wonderfully written and researched An extremely fine companion book to the Army at Dawn, which covered the US Army in North Africa The author spends lavish amounts of time trying to create context and color, so much so it overwhelms at times One of the interesting points throughout the book is how much of this campaign was under supported in men and material and largely unwanted by the US high command, who were much interested in prepping for the real show in France There was very little glamor [...]


    22. The Day of Battle is the second volume of Rick Atkinson s Liberation Trilogy The first volume, An Army at Dawn , which won the 2003 Pulitzer for History, covered the 1942 43 Allied invasion of North Africa This second volume deals with the 1943 44 invasion of Sicily and Italy The final volume will cover Normandy and the march into Germany When I read An Army at Dawn upon its release, I thought it the finest book about war I d ever read Reading The Day of Battle , I may have to revise that opinio [...]


    23. Atkinson is quickly becoming my favorite military historian We ll get to him the writer in a bit, but let s first focus on this masterpiece first I would argue, somewhat arbitrarily as it doesn t really matter, that this book is better than An Army At Dawn, the first book of the Liberation Trilogy My rationale, however, could possibly be in that the war in Sicily and Italy lends itself to the skills of a great writer see Heller, Joseph The war in Italy was far from Churchill s idea of a soft und [...]


    24. I read much of Day of Battle, second in Rick Atkinson s stirring Liberation Trilogy, with an odd mix of anticipation and dread Anticipation because, as a history of the World War II campaigns in Sicily and Italy, we know how the story ends But also dread, because we can foresee the terrible price in lives and blood that this grinding conflict will cost Yes, the scale of combat on the Eastern Front dwarfed that of the Mediterranean, but the casualty rates in Sicily and Italy were often horrific, [...]


    25. This is a detailed work showing the horrors of battles in Sicily and Italy in World War II Gruesome details provide a ring of truth in this well researched volume The work also demonstrates the genuine heroism that took place The soft underbelly of Europe, to use Churchill s terms, was hardly soft in fact Some real strengths of this book are the thumbnail character sketches of many figures, from top generals to division commanders down to small unit leaders and troops This provides a human face [...]


    26. The Day of Battle The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943 1944 is the second book in Rick Atkinson s three part history of World War II It picks up pretty much right where An Army at Dawn The War in North Africa, 1942 1943 ends.The battle for Italy was one of the toughest of the war By the end of the 608 day campaign to liberate Italy, Allied forces had lost about 312,000 casualties German losses, while uncertain, were similar in scale The fighting was particularly brutal at the Anzio beachhead and al [...]


    27. A very satisfying account of the Sicilian and Italian campaigns Atkinson, much like the Allied soldiers he chronicles, is getting closer to Germany and getting better with each book he writes Far evenly balanced in criticism and praise than the first volume of the Liberation trilogy i.e An Army at Dawn , Atkinson also ably adds a touch of the poetic to nearly every strategic plan, every battlefield, and every foxhole, although this may reflect that Atkinson had a far historically and culturall [...]


    28. Absolutely brilliant sequel to the equally excellent An Army at Dawn First and foremost, it is a very needed book, since Italian campaign is most often either totally ignored or remembered for the single, controversial event of bombing the Abbey of Monte Cassino Atkinson provides a detailed and rich narrative of Sicily and Italian campaign, a much needed contribution to historical coverage of Second World War However, what makes this book special is the ability of the author to convey the experi [...]


    29. An excellent and somber look at the Italian campaign of WWII Power plays, political aspirations, and overall incompetence again composed the death rattle of thousands of lives Again the author does an excellent job of weaving the grand overview, the politicians, tacticians, and the dog faces on the ground into one flowing account The book itself is hard to put down at times, and others hard to read given the circumstances and cost of living involved Interesting also for me personally to read abo [...]


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