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Recounts the capture of Sicily by American and British forces, describes the distrust between the two nations' officers, and assesses the mistakes in strategy that were made
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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.From Publishers Weekly:
With a veritable blizzard of primary-source support, D'Este ( Decision in Normandy ) argues that the generally ignored Sicily campaign laid the foundation and set the trends for the decisive battles that were to follow in Italy and Northwest Europe. Sicily brought together the military commanders whose leadership ultimately decided the outcome of the war (Eisenhower, Tedder, Montgomery, Bradley, Patton); comprised the first real test of the military compatibility of the British and Americans; and served as a proving ground where the U.S. Army came into its own. D'Este is critical of the committee system of coalition warfare during this formative stage of the Allied partnership, citing the lack of strategic purpose in the campaign, the failure of Allied naval and air support, and the squandered opportunities that allowed the grossly outnumbered German army to pull off "one of the most dazzling strategic withdrawals in military history." The Germans, according to D'Este, came away from Sicily convinced that they had given as good as they got. Illustrations. History Book Club alternate.
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Book Description Aurum Press Ltd. Paperback. The fighting in Sicily in the summer of 1943, sandwiched between greater events in Normandy and Italy, has been almost forgotten by military historians. But the decision to invade Italy was one of the major Allied decisions of the European war. For 38 days during the summer of 1943 the attention of the world centred upon Sicily where yet another chapter in the island's violent history was written by modern warriors. This is the story of how the battle for Sicily was conceived, planned and carried out by the Allies, and how the Germans and their reluctant Italian ally succeeded in turning what ought to have been great triumph into a bitter victory.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. It has been hailed as a classic military title and it is now available in this new edition. Seller Inventory # 4511301