By Rick Atkinson
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A correct book... The emphasis all through is at the human drama of guys at war."—The Washington submit e-book World
The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the 3rd Reich is an epic tale of braveness and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. during this first quantity of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson indicates why no smooth reader can comprehend the final word victory of the Allied powers and not using a clutch of the nice drama that opened up in North Africa in 1942 and 1943.
Opening with the bold amphibious invasion in November 1942, An military at Dawn follows the yank and British armies as they try the French in Morocco and Algiers, after which tackle the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. conflict through conflict, an green and infrequently poorly led military steadily turns into a good struggling with force. At the center of the story are the intense yet fallacious commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, wealthy with new fabric and brilliant insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative tells the deeply human tale of a huge conflict for the way forward for civilization.
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This particular peep had been with his headquarters since Normandy and had undergone continual upgrade since the summer of 1944 in the Third Army motor pool. As was typical with most Patton command vehicles, it has a prominent set of sirens on the hood. The command flags are the standard army pattern. The windshield was raised to provide better protection and a transparent plastic visor was added above the top edge for further wind protection. Some improvised doors were also added to the side both for wind protection and to prevent the general or his driver, Sgt.
There was no more bitter reminder of the frustrations of the autumn fighting than the fate of one of Patton’s premier tank commanders, John S. Wood. A fellow cavalryman and old friend of Patton, “Tiger Jack” Wood had led the 4th Armored Division during the race past Avranches and in the swirling tank battles of Arracourt, and had been the inspiration for the glorious race to the Seine. Patton had come to depend on the 4th Armored Division as his spearhead, with the hard-charging Wood as its dynamic leader.
There were no longer any reserves of manpower to rejuvenate the forces, fuel shortages left the Wehrmacht arthritic and dependent on horses, and its combat power was sapped by shortages of ammunition and broken-down Panzers. At an impromptu ceremony on March 22, 1945, Patton thanks the engineers who made possible the Third Army’s “informal” crossing of the Rhine. qxd 26/2/10 09:40 Page 41 One of Patton’s most controversial actions in the final campaigns in Germany was the dispatch of a task force from the 4th Armored Division to liberate a prisoner-of-war camp in Hammelburg, 25 miles (40km) behind German lines which contained his son-in-law, Lieutenant-Colonel John Waters.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1) by Rick Atkinson