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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Rick Atkinson

Narrated By: George Guidall

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2013

Duration: 26 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

Beginning the trilogy that continues with The Day of Battle, An Army at Dawn opens on the eve of Operation TORCH, the daring amphibious invasion of Morocco and Algeria. After three days of hard fighting against the French, American and British troops push deeper into North Africa.

But the confidence gained after several early victories soon wanes; casualties mount rapidly, battle plans prove ineffectual, and hope for a quick and decisive victory evaporates. The Allies discover that they are woefully unprepared to fight and win this war. North Africa becomes a proving ground: it is here that American officers learn how to lead, here that soldiers learn how to hate, here that an entire army learns what it will take to vanquish a formidable enemy. In North Africa, the Allied coalition came into its own, the enemy forever lost the initiative, and the United States -- for the first time -- began to act like a great power.

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  • Matt L

    Detailed and always interesting, Atkinson continues to his tradition of writing excellence. The entire trilogy is outstanding.

  • Albert

    This narrative begins with Operation Torch, so much of the war in North Africa has already taken place when the story begins. I did not know there was so much hard fighting in the course of this part of WWII. Nor did I understand before the extent to which the U.S. war machine needed to harden and improve. U.S. failure to properly train the troops before deployment is a consistent theme. I found much to like in this recorded book and I heartily recommend it to others who may be interested in learning more about this important part of our history.