The Battle of Sicily: How the Allies Lost Their Chance for Total Victory

Overview

  • The campaign for Sicily from the Axis point of view
  • Reassesses the German Army's performance
  • Details about German commanders who have been neglected by historians

In July 1943 the Allies launched a massive amphibious assault on Sicily. The invasion proved successful, bringing fame to American Gen. George S. Patton and British Gen. Bernard Montgomery, whose "race" to Messina was immortalized in the movie ...

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The Battle of Sicily: How the Allies Lost Their Chance for Total Victory

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Overview

  • The campaign for Sicily from the Axis point of view
  • Reassesses the German Army's performance
  • Details about German commanders who have been neglected by historians

In July 1943 the Allies launched a massive amphibious assault on Sicily. The invasion proved successful, bringing fame to American Gen. George S. Patton and British Gen. Bernard Montgomery, whose "race" to Messina was immortalized in the movie Patton. But according to Mitcham and Stauffenberg, the Allies lost a significant opportunity for total victory when the Germans mounted a brilliant defense. With only 4 divisions, the Germans held off the invaders for 38 days and then escaped, almost entirely intact, to mainland Italy, dooming the Allies to a prolonged battle of attrition up the Italian peninsula.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811734035
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 478,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich von Stauffenberg, who died in 1989, was an expert on German-armored warfare in World War II.

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.

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Table of Contents


Maps     vii
Tables     viii
Introduction     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
The Great Blunder     1
Uneasy Allies     9
The Deteriorating Axis     13
The Defenders     21
Pantelleria, the Plan, and the Air Battles     41
The Allies Approach     63
D-Day     73
Counterattack and Retreat     121
Primosole Bridge     137
Enter General Hube     169
Patton Breaks Loose     193
The Battles of the Hauptkampflinie     231
The Allies Close In     259
Operation Lehrgang: A Panzer Corps Escapes     283
Epilogue     315
Tables of Equivalent Rank     327
Evolution and Titles of the Hermann Goering Panzer Unit     329
Order of Battle, Italian 6th Army, July 10, 1943     330
Order of Battle, 15th Army Group, July 10, 1943     335
Notes     341
Bibliography     355
Index     360
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