Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

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Topeka Bindery, 2003 - History - 681 pages
The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of miscalculation and incomparable courage, of calamity and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson focuses on 1942 and 1943, showing how central the great drama that unfolded in North Africa was to the ultimate victory of the Allied powers and to America's understanding of itself.
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 Algiers, 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. Central to 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 fresh insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

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User Review  - whitrichardson - LibraryThing

An excellent book that covers the US Army's invasion of North Africa and the subsequent drive into Tunisia, including the famous defeat at Kasserine Pass. Atkinson deftly weaves a compelling story ... Read full review

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Atkinson is a beautiful writer, though I was left with questions as to how exactly he knew what the dawn of the day of a WWII battle looked and smelled like—was he prettying up descriptions provided ... Read full review

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