The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44
This the second of the author’s studies of the US Army’s role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. Its subject is the difficult, and at the time controversial, campaign in Italy. Although the story has been told many times, the author includes some recently released information which brings a fresh perspective to the account.
Like his previous works, especially Crusade, his definitive study of the First Gulf War, this volume is both authoritative and lively, a rare enough combination in works that are basically serious and scholarly. But the beauty of this book lies in its exceptional detail. Not only are the great battles meticulously recounted, but through diaries, letters and other contemporary sources, the reader will learn what the individual soldier was eating and drinking, the clothes he wore and the songs he sang. Indeed, the many quotations from these participants breathe life into the story. They make these important battles, which are fading from the collective memory through a generation now passing on, vibrant and relevant to readers for whom World War II is distant history.
Especially recommended for the serious student of the period.