The Day of Battle

The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

The Liberation Trilogy (Volume 2)

Rick Atkinson

Henry Holt and Co.

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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.

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The sun beat down on the stained white city, the July sun that hurt the eyes and turned the sea from wine-dark to silver. Soldiers crowded the shade beneath the vendors’ awnings and hugged the lee of the alabaster buildings spilling down to the port. Sweat darkened their collars and cuffs, particularly those of the combat troops wearing heavy herringbone twill. Some had stripped off their neckties, but kept them folded and tucked in their belts for quick retrieval. The commanding general had been spotted along the wharves, and every man knew that George S.

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Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, and In the Company of Soldiers. He was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Day of Battle
The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
Rick Atkinson

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Henry Holt and Co.
October 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805062892
ISBN10: 0805062890
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 816 pages, Includes thirty-two pages of pictures and twenty maps
$40.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805088618
ISBN10: 080508861X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 848 pages, Includes thirty-two pages of pictures, with twenty maps
$20.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
October 2007
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ISBN: 9781429920100
ISBN10: 1429920106
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 816 pages, Includes thirty-two pages of pictures and twenty maps
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