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By Rick Atkinson

ISBN-10: 0805087249

ISBN-13: 9780805087246

Within the first quantity of his huge trilogy concerning the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting tale of the battle in North AfricaThe liberation of Europe and the destruction of the 3rd Reich is a narrative of braveness and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. 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 snatch of the good drama that opened up in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first 12 months of the Allied warfare was once a pivotal aspect in American historical past, the instant whilst the USA started to act like an exceptional power.Beginning with the bold amphibious invasion in November 1942, a military at sunrise follows the yank and British armies as they try the French in Morocco and Algeria, after which tackle the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. conflict by way of conflict, an green and occasionally poorly led military progressively turns into an excellent battling strength. vital to the story are the intense yet fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.Brilliantly researched, wealthy with new fabric and bright insights, Atkinson's narrative presents the definitive historical past of the warfare in North Africa. An military at sunrise is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for heritage.

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Hitler had begun constructing formidable coastal fortifications from above the Arctic Circle to the Spanish border on the Bay of Biscay, and a few planners considered Festung Europa, Fortress Europe, impregnable: in their view, the Allies would have to land in Liberia舒midway down the west coast of Africa舒and fight their way up. Churchill shared his military commanders舗 misgivings. 舠He recoiled in horror from any suggestion of a direct approach舡 in attacking Europe, one British general later recalled.

Mussolini exclaimed舒and immediately found themselves so overmatched that Wehrmacht divisions were needed to complete the conquest and rout an ill-conceived British expeditionary force sent to save the Balkans. Greece fell in April 1941, a week after Yugoslavia, where 17,000 people had been killed in a single day of Luftwaffe bombing. Mussolini舗s legions had also been on the march in Africa, attacking from the Italian colony of Libya into Egypt, a former British protectorate still occupied by British troops.

But German plans to invade across the English Channel were postponed, repeatedly, after the Luftwaffe failed to subdue the Royal Air Force. Instead, the bombardment known as the Blitz continued through 1940 and beyond, slaughtering thousands and then tens of thousands of British civilians, even as RAF pilots shot down nearly 2,500 German planes in three months, killing 6,000 Luftwaffe crewmen and saving the nation. Churchill also received help from Roosevelt, who nudged the United States away from neutrality even as he promised to keep Americans out of the war.

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