Bitter Victory illuminates a chapter of World War II that has lacked a balanced, full-scale treatment until now. In recounting the second-largest amphibious operation in military history, Carlo D'Este for the first time reveals the conflicts in planning and the behind-the-scenes quarrels between top Allied commanders. The book explodes the myth of the Patton-Montgomery rivalry and exposes how Alexander's inept generalship nearly wrecked the campaign. D'Este documents in chilling detail the series of savage battles fought against an overmatched but brilliant foe and how the Germans—against overwhelming odds—carried out one of the greatest strategic withdrawals in history. His controversial narrative depicts for the first time how the Allies bungled their attempt to cut off the Axis retreat from Sicily, turning what ought to have been a great triumph into a bitter victory that later came to haunt the Allies in Italy.
Using a wealth of original sources, D'Este paints an unforgettable portrait of men at war. From the front lines to the councils of the Axis and Allied high commands, Bitter Victory offers penetrating reassessments of the men who masterminded the campaign. Thrilling and authoritative, this is military history on an epic scale.
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Carlo D'Este, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a distinguished military historian, is the author of the acclaimed biographies Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, among other books on World War II. He lives in Massachusetts.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1988. Book Condition: Good. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright. Good DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9995506443
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1988. Book Condition: Very Good. VG condition book with dust jacket. DJ is clean, has fresh colours and has little wear to edges. Book has clean and bright contents. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9994244522
Book Description Collins, London, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Copy in red cloth on boards in unclipped D/J. Maps as end papers. Free of inscriptions. Clean text with b/w plates. This is a heavy book and may require additional postage. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028901
Book Description Collins., 1988. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Hard Cover. Book- VG. Dj- VG. 9.5x6.5. 666pp. Some b/w photos & maps, endpaper maps. Bookseller Inventory # 1800104
Book Description Collins, 1988. Hardback ISBN 000217409X First edition. Very clean tight unmarked. book which looks almost unread. Dustwrapper has minor wear at top of spine. Illustrated with B & W plates. 666 pages Mixing flawless research, drama and combat with a brilliant narrative voice, Carlo D'Este excellent Bitter Victory is the first and only book on this critical campaign. This is a heavy book and there would be an additional postage charge for international orders. Wt 1.2 Kg Fine (Very Good). Bookseller Inventory # 20347
Book Description Collins, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Very clean, tightly bound book with no inscriptions, in a bright unclipped dustjacket. Appears little used. 666 pages, many illustrations on plates, maps, appendices, sources, bibliography, index. Some relevant newspaper clippings are laid in. Bookseller Inventory # 50740
Book Description Collins., 1988. Book Condition: Very Good. First. hard Cover. Book- VG+. Dj- VG. 9.5x6.5. 666pp. Many b/w plates & maps, endpaper maps. Bookseller Inventory # 1897437
Book Description Collins. (Subject: World War II - Italy) The invasion of Sicily and the series of savage battles in July and August, 1943. It was the second largest amphibious operation in military history. D'Este describes the remarkable German withdrawal in the face of overwhelming odds and their escape over Allied dominated sea and air space. Conflicts in Allied planning and behind-the-scenes quarrels between Allied commanders helped to turn what should have been a great triumph into a "Bitter Victory". (Published: 1988) (Publisher: Collins) (ISBN: 000217409X) (Pagination: 666pp, 38 photos, 15 maps.) (Condition: Very good in dw) UL-XXXXXX. Bookseller Inventory # 8834-01
Book Description Collins, London, 1988. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. BITTER VICTORY The Battle Fos Sicily 1943. Carlo D'Este. Collins, London 1988 First edition ISBN 000217409X 666pp Illustrated Hardback The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It launched the Italian Campaign. Husky began on the night of 9–10 July 1943, and ended 17 August. Strategically, Husky achieved the goals set out for it by Allied planners. The Allies drove Axis air, land and naval forces from the island; the Mediterranean's sea lanes were opened and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was toppled from power. It opened the way to the Allied invasion of Italy. Uniquelyfor a work of military history this book combines detailed accounts of the action with portraits of the individuals involved, so that the reader is taken step by step not only through action, but through motivation as well. The result is thrilling. This is authoritative military history on an epic scale which is certain to become a classic. This copy is in FINE condition in a FINE unclipped dustwrapper. Ref Q3 Size: 666pp. Bookseller Inventory # 004906
Book Description Collins, 1988. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st. First edition hardback, 1988, with unclipped jacket. In overall newar fine used condition with slight signs of age, handling and storage. Internally clean. Binding tight and appears little read; no annotations or inscriptions - owner's initials small and neat to ffep upper rh corner; text, illustrations and maps to endpapers bright and clear throughout. Not an old library book. Bookseller Inventory # 170028