By Rick Atkinson
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A fantastic book... The emphasis all through is at the human drama of fellows at war."—The Washington submit booklet 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 last word victory of the Allied powers and not using a grab of the nice drama that spread out 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 struggle the French in Morocco and Algiers, after which tackle the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. conflict by way of conflict, an green and infrequently poorly led military progressively turns into a very good combating force. At the center of the story are the intense yet incorrect commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, wealthy with new fabric and bright insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative tells the deeply human tale of a huge conflict for the way forward for civilization.
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Author) 44 the flat Polish countryside in three days and gained a bridgehead across the Vistula at Magnuszew. On top of these new disasters, news came of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler on 20 July. Model was the first Generalfeldmarschall to transmit a message to the Wolfsschanze reaffirming his loyalty to the Flihrer which earned him points with Hitler. By 28 July Rokossovsky's 2nd Tank Army was on the outskirts of Warsaw and Brest had fallen, but the Soviet offensive was running out of steam.
Sensing the fleeting opportunity, Model ordered Harpe to launch a major three-division assault against Ponyri on 7 July, but the heavily reinforced 307th Rifle Division managed to hold on to the village. Meanwhile, Lemelsen continued to push towards Ol'khovatka with three Panzer divisions, but the 17th Guards Rifle Corps limited his advance to only 2-3km. Rokossovsky continued to feed reserves into the battle whenever the Germans showed signs of local success and the battle devolved into an attritional slugfest that could have only one result for the outnumbered Germans.
Ultimately, Hodges' forces were able to encircle Aachen and the city fell on 21 October. However, Model won a consolation victory in the two-month-long battle for the Hiirtgen Forest, where he skilfullyoised his limited infantry, artillery and engineers to decimate four American divisions, which were committed piecemeal. After suffering 24,000 casualties, Hodges had still not cleared the forest. When Hodges launched a multi-corps offensive on 16 November to reach the dams on the river Roer, Model conducted a stubborn defence, delaying the Americans for another three weeks.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1) by Rick Atkinson