The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (Liberation Trilogy) - Discussion on the HBC begins 1/5/2015

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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (Liberation Trilogy)

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message 1: by Bentley (last edited Nov 09, 2014 07:14PM)

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The History Book Club will begin a discussion of this book soon.

This is a longer book and will be a three month discussion.


In 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 Italy

In 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 July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The 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 so-called 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 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing 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

message 2: by John

John I received the box set of the trilogy this past Christmas and read An Army at Dawn, and loved it. I intended to read Day of Battle this summer, but was trying to finish some others first. But I think I shall wait to read with the group now that I see this! Looking forward to it!

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That is tremendous news John we look forward to your posting. We are doing all three books. I have the trilogy as well.

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