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Sicily '43 : the first assault on fortress Europe

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"On July 10, 1943, the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted took place, larger even than the Normandy invasion eleven months later: 160,000 American, British, and Canadian troops came ashore or were parachuted onto Sicily, signaling the start of the campaign to defeat Nazi Germany on European soil. Operation HUSKY, as it was known, was enormously complex, involving dramatic battles on land, in the air, and at sea. Yet, despite its drama and its paramount importance to ultimate Allied victory, very little has been written about the 38-day battle for Sicily. Based on much new research, Sicily '43 offers vital new perspective on a major turning point in World War II. The characters involved-General George Patton and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery among many-were as colorful as the battles across the scorching plains and above the peaks of Sicily were brutal. Among Holland's great skills is incorporating the experience of on-the-ground participants on all sides--from American colonel Jim Gavin, British major Hedley Verity, and Canadian lieutenant Farley Mowat to brigade commander Wilhelm Schmalz, Luftwaffe fighter pilot Johannes "Macky" Steinhoff, and Italian combatants, civilians, and mafiosi alike--giving readers an intimate sense of what occurred in July and August 1943. Emphasizing the significance of Allied air superiority, Holland overturns conventional narratives that have criticized the Sicily campaign for the slowness of the Allied advance and that so many German and Italian soldiers escaped to the mainland; rather, he shows that clearing the island in 38 days against geographical challenges and fierce resistance was an impressive achievement. A powerful and dramatic account by a master military historian, Sicily '43 fills a major gap in the narrative history of World War II"--

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Gorham Free Library 940.54 HOLLAND (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52119300213522
Checked out
02/03/2021
LDR 03881nam a2200397I 4500
001629581
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020 . ‡a9780802157188 ‡q(hardcover)
020 . ‡a0802157181 ‡q(hardcover)
035 . ‡a(OCoLC)1201312752
040 . ‡aDLC ‡beng ‡erda ‡cFMG ‡dFMG ‡dOCLCO ‡dOSD
049 . ‡aOTDB
05000. ‡aD763.S5 ‡bH65 2020
08200. ‡a940.54/2158 ‡223
1001 . ‡aHolland, James, ‡d1970- ‡eauthor.
24510. ‡aSicily '43 : ‡bthe first assault on fortress Europe / ‡cJames Holland.
24630. ‡aFirst assault on fortress Europe
2463 . ‡aSicily 1943
2463 . ‡aSicily forty three
2463 . ‡aSicily nineteen forty three
264 1. ‡aNew York : ‡bAtlantic Monthly Press, ‡c2020.
300 . ‡axxxviii, 598 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : ‡billustrations, maps ; ‡c24 cm
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent
336 . ‡astill image ‡bsti ‡2rdacontent
336 . ‡acartographic image ‡bcri ‡2rdacontent
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡bn ‡2rdamedia
338 . ‡avolume ‡bnc ‡2rdacarrier
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 537-571) and index.
5050 . ‡aPrologue: The Burning Blue -- The Long Path to HUSKY -- A United Front -- The Problem of Planning -- Hitler's Gamble -- Air Power -- Corkscrew -- Man of Honour -- The Glitch in the Plan -- Crescendo in the Air -- Countdown -- Airborne Assault -- Early Hours of D-Day -- Landings -- Foothold -- Night Attack -- Counter-Attack at Gela -- Fightback at Gela -- Expanding the Bridgehead -- Taking Stock -- Primosole Bridge -- Shooting -- Slaughter at the Bridge -- The Bloody Plain -- Assoro -- Overthrow -- The Bloody Mountains -- Closing In -- Troina and Centuripe -- The Etna Battles -- The Straits of Messina.
520 . ‡a"On July 10, 1943, the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted took place, larger even than the Normandy invasion eleven months later: 160,000 American, British, and Canadian troops came ashore or were parachuted onto Sicily, signaling the start of the campaign to defeat Nazi Germany on European soil. Operation HUSKY, as it was known, was enormously complex, involving dramatic battles on land, in the air, and at sea. Yet, despite its drama and its paramount importance to ultimate Allied victory, very little has been written about the 38-day battle for Sicily. Based on much new research, Sicily '43 offers vital new perspective on a major turning point in World War II. The characters involved-General George Patton and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery among many-were as colorful as the battles across the scorching plains and above the peaks of Sicily were brutal. Among Holland's great skills is incorporating the experience of on-the-ground participants on all sides--from American colonel Jim Gavin, British major Hedley Verity, and Canadian lieutenant Farley Mowat to brigade commander Wilhelm Schmalz, Luftwaffe fighter pilot Johannes "Macky" Steinhoff, and Italian combatants, civilians, and mafiosi alike--giving readers an intimate sense of what occurred in July and August 1943. Emphasizing the significance of Allied air superiority, Holland overturns conventional narratives that have criticized the Sicily campaign for the slowness of the Allied advance and that so many German and Italian soldiers escaped to the mainland; rather, he shows that clearing the island in 38 days against geographical challenges and fierce resistance was an impressive achievement. A powerful and dramatic account by a master military historian, Sicily '43 fills a major gap in the narrative history of World War II"-- ‡cProvided by publisher.
650 0. ‡aWorld War, 1939-1945 ‡xCampaigns ‡zItaly ‡zSicily.
650 0. ‡aOperation Husky, 1943.
651 0. ‡aSicily (Italy) ‡xHistory, Military ‡y20th century.
651 0. ‡aSicily (Italy) ‡xHistory ‡y1870-1945.
905 . ‡ukriedener
901 . ‡a22027241 ‡bSystem Local ‡c629581 ‡tbiblio ‡soclc

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