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An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943, (Liberation, Bk 1)
An Army at Dawn The War in Africa 1942-1943 - Liberation, Bk 1 Author:Rick Atkinson 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 Allie... more »d 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.« less
A truly outstanding book on the American army in the early days of WW II in the Europe theater, concentrating on North Africa. I could write more, but I'll just say that it is very easy to understand how this book received the Pulitzer Prize for History. In addition to being good history, it is well-written and a good read.
The portrayal of the US Army in its first operations of the war against Germany is not covered by many other authors. Rick Atkinson makes no assumptions of knowledge on the reader's part. He thoroughly covers the training, preparation and eventual invasion of North Africa. His narrative style is engaging and informative.
The American Army that existed prior to World War II was a small professional group of soldiers. The Army that went to war was far different. These "citizen soldiers" did things differently. The Army high Command had to adjust to this. Atkinson weaves this into the fabric of the army and its leaders.
The star of this series is the army. Not it's generals. Eisenhower certainly gets credit for handling the political and military situation more than adequately. He is not however the Eisenhower we see in 1944. There are many things to learn for both he and his soldiers. The entire book is well documented and illustrated making what could be at times complex theories and tactics easier to understand.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II. It gives you a glimpse at the growing pains of what was to become the largest Army the country ever fielded. It should be mandatory reading for any World War II scholars.