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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the… (2002 original; edició 2007)

de Rick Atkinson

Sèrie: Liberation Trilogy (1)

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In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa. The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. 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.… (més)
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Títol:An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy
Autors:Rick Atkinson
Informació:Holt Paperbacks (2007), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 768 pages
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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 de Rick Atkinson (2002)

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This is top-of-the-line military history. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next two volumes. I was very impressed with the first two (so far) of the three volumes of Ian Toll's history of World War II in the Pacific, and this is arguably even better, which is a high bar indeed. The author's willingness to detail both the good and the bad of "war and battle management" and the idiosyncrasies of the commanders at multiple levels was especially welcome. This volume emphasizes how poorly the Allies approached the first major part of the war against Hitler and Mussolini, but the author also explains well how the reader could expect those shortcomings to eventually serve to educate and improve upon what would follow. ( )
  larryerick | Jan 30, 2021 |
This review is actually a review of two books: this one, and "Dawn of the Code War" https://www.librarything.com/work/22240288/book/195050066

Both are, in my view, about the logistics of information.

Be it WWII at beginning of the combat-readiness of the US Army and its logistics (the subject of "An Army at Dawn", about the WWII campaigns within the Northern Africa theatre), or the more recent Cyberwar readiness from the USA federal government, up to the 2016 elections (published in 2018, but with obvious confidentiality constraints on more recent material, cybersecurity investigations and policy are the subject of "Dawn of the Code War"), both books contain plenty of information about organizational readiness.

In both cases, it is not just a matter of materiel or financial resources, or even of one-off interventions, but of blending both the routine "lessons learned", spreading them, and keeping reinforcing the awareness of the new scenarios.

Both books let what happened to deliver the lessons, with the author underlining what readers can derive from reading through the storytelling.

Also, both books have interesting material- that could be used to derive "cameos", i.e. examples useful to carry the messages home.

As shown by the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in late 2020 and early 2021, we still have to learn lessons about logistics that had been learned in 1942-1943, and also in cybersecurity, we are still letting the "technicality" of the subject trump (no pun intended) over the conceptual element.

Logistics of both physical and virtual resources is still logistics, and carries some characteristics: degrees of freedoms, identification of strengths and weaknesses, as well as identification of costs and benefits.

Doing a proper detailed review of both books would require few thousand words, but, in reality, the purpose of this review is to share few pointers, and share the impact of both books.

Actually, I first read "An Army at Dawn" over a decade ago, but decided to re-read it along with "Dawn of the Code War", as the parallels where interesting. ( )
  aleph123 | Jan 10, 2021 |
Rick Atkinson does for the U.S. ground war in Europe in WWII what Shelby Foote did for the Civil War. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
Absolutely fabulous history of the Allies operations in North Africa in 1942-43. It portrays the difficulties/animosities/distrust between the Allies, along with the successes of those countries’ militaries, while trying to wrest control of, and expel Germany and Italy from, North Africa.

There is a ton of interesting information here about the difficulties, and eventual successes, the Allies had in establishing cohesive action by the different Departments (Army, Navy, Air Force) – that is, trying to coordinate the different actions by the divisions to have the most effective actions against the German and Italian militaries. It is clear that the Allies suffered both unnecessary loss of life, and overall defeats, on the battlefield precisely because actions taken were often unique to each military department, and sometimes, to each of the Allies.

There is also a huge amount of personal information about the officers of each military and how they interacted. A somewhat longer read but written well and rewarding overall. I look forward to the next volume in the trilogy by Rick Atkinson. ( )
2 vota highlander6022 | May 21, 2019 |
This is an excellent history of the north African campaign during WWII. I read the book shortly after completing The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara which covers the same events. However, Shaara writes mostly from the perspective of an American soldier in a tank battalion (fictional character) and from the perspective of German tank commander Rommel. The Atkinson book is written primarily from the perspective of American and British generals. Reading these two accounts together provides a great overview of the war as experienced by the individual soldier and as executed by the allied commanders. An Army at Dawn is especially detailed regarding the American forces "coming of age" in north Africa. The tensions between the American and British command structure is also described in much detail. ( )
  Brauer11431 | Apr 16, 2019 |
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"I don’t think I’ve ever read a history book that flowed so well. The book is an incredible marriage of storytelling and historical fact, so that the reader feels both entertained and very well informed."
 
"The most thorough and satisfying history yet of the campaigns in North Africa."
afegit per whitrichardson | editaKirkus Reivews (Jul 15, 2002)
 
"This is a fascinating work which any reader can enjoy, and professional historians will find perusal of it eminently worth their while."
 
"Despite diction that occasionally lapses into the melodramatic, general readers and specialists alike will find worthwhile fare in this intellectually convincing and emotionally compelling narrative."
 

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In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa. The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. 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.

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