The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.
Beginning 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 Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson’s narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.
Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn is the first of three books detailing the United States’ role in the liberation of Europe during World War II.
Along with excellent maps and notes and anecdotes, this military history details the Allied invasion of North Africa. Atkinson portrays war as it is—brutal, gritty, glorious for only those not involved, and full of costly mistakes. He offers us a compassionate but realistic look at the men of whom many today only recognize the name and have a vague impression of their actions: Eisenhower, Rommel, Patton, Montgomery, and Bradley.
An Army at Dawn is a riveting, informative read, delivering an in-depth look at how the proving ground of North Africa spurred an inexperienced fighting force from the US into the most formidable geopolitical power.