Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy / Edition 1

Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy / Edition 1

by Rick Atkinson
ISBN-10:
0805074481
ISBN-13:
2900805074481
Pub. Date:
09/28/2003
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy / Edition 1

The Liberation of Europe and the Destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. Opening with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and often poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. At the center of the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel. Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative tells the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900805074481
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Series: Liberation Trilogy Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsxvi
Map Legendxvii
Allied Chain of Commandxix
Prologue1
Part 1
1.Passage21
A Meeting with the Dutchman21
Gathering the Ships33
Rendezvous at Cherchel42
On the Knees of the Gods49
A Man Must Believe in His Luck57
2.Landing69
"In the Night, All Cats Are Grey"69
In Barbary78
Villain87
To the Last Man91
"Glory Enough for Us All"103
3.Beachhead116
A Sword in Algiers116
A Blue Flag over Oran124
"An Orgy of Disorder"130
Battle for the Kasbah141
"It's All Over for Now"148
Part 2
4.Pushing East163
"We Live in Tragic Hours"163
A Cold Country with a Hot Sun167
Medjez-el-Bab178
Fat Geese on a Pond187
5.Primus in Carthago194
"Go for the Swine with a Blithe Heart"194
"The Dead Salute the Gods"201
"Jerry Is Counterattacking!"217
6.A Country of Defiles237
Longstop237
"They Shot the Little Son of a Bitch"250
"This Is the Hand of God"256
Part 3
7.Casablanca265
The Ice-Cream Front265
Speedy Valley270
"The Touch of the World"280
The Sinners' Concourse295
8.A Bits and Pieces War301
"Goats Set Out to Lure a Tiger"301
"This Can't Happen to Us"312
"The Mortal Dangers That Beset Us"317
"A Good Night for a Mass Murder"327
9.Kasserine339
A Hostile Debouchment339
None Returned348
"Sometimes That Is Not Good Enough"353
"This Place Is Too Hot"366
"Order, Counter-order, and Disorder"373
"Lay Roughly on the Tanks"382
Part 4
10.The World We Knew Is a Long Time Dead395
Vigil in Red Oak395
"We Know There'll Be Troubles of Every Sort"398
"One Needs Luck in War"406
"The Devil Is Come Down"416
11.Over the Top431
"Give Them Some Steel!"431
"Search Your Soul"444
Night Closes Down453
"I Had a Plan ... Now I Have None"464
12.The Inner Keep480
Hell's Corner480
Hammering Home the Cork490
"Count Your Children Now, Adolf!"499
Tunisgrad513
Epilogue530
Notes543
Sources626
Acknowledgments655
Index660

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