Franklin

Sicily '43 : the first assault on fortress Europe / James Holland.

Author/Creator:
Holland, James, 1970- author.
Other Title:
Sicily 1943
Sicily Forty Three
Sicily Nineteen Forty Three
First assault on fortress Europe
Edition:
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Publication:
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.
Format/Description:
Book
xxxviii, 598 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Subjects:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy -- Sicily.
Operation Husky, 1943.
Sicily (Italy) -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Sicily (Italy) -- History -- 1870-1945.
Military campaigns
Italy -- Sicily
Form/Genre:
History
Military history
Summary:
"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 Sicly 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Prologue: 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.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-571) and index.
ISBN:
9780802157188
0802157181
9780802157201
OCLC:
1192303915
Publisher Number:
99986138374
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