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From the best-selling author of Normandy ‘44 comes a major new history of one of World War II’s most crucial campaigns.

Code-named Operation HUSKY, the Allied assault on Sicily on 10 July 1943 remains the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted in world history, landing more men in a single day than at any other time. That day, more than 160,000 British, American and Canadian troops were dropped from the sky or came ashore, more than on D-Day just under a year later. It was also preceded by an air campaign that marked a new direction and dominance of the skies by Allies.

The subsequent 38-day Battle for Sicily was one of the most dramatic of the entire Second World War, involving daring raids by special forces, deals with the Mafia, attacks across mosquito-infested plains and perilous assaults up almost sheer faces of rock and scree.

It was a brutal campaign - the violence was extreme, the heat unbearable, the stench of rotting corpses intense and all-pervasive, the problems of malaria, dysentery and other diseases a constant plague. And all while trying to fight a way across an island of limited infrastructure and unforgiving landscape and against a German foe who would not give up.

It also signalled the beginning of the end of the War in the West. From here on, Italy ceased to participate in the war, the noose began to close around the neck of Nazi Germany and the coalition between the United States and Britain came of age. Most crucially, it would be a critical learning exercise before Operation OVERLORD, the Allied invasion of Normandy, in June 1944.

Based on his own battlefield studies in Sicily and on much new research over the past 30 years, James Holland’s Sicily ’43 offers a vital new perspective on a major turning point in World War II. It is a timely, powerful and dramatic account by a master military historian and will fill a major gap in the narrative history of the Second World War.

©2020 James Holland (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Not suitable as an Audio book

I am an avid listener through Audible but some books are not suitable for just listened; this is one. You need to have a detailed map with you to understand the campaign. Another negative is the narrator Al Murray. While he is fluent his flat undistinguishable English accent is boring and monotonous. Reading a book needs someone with some artistic flair, and different accents. The book is probably very good but for the reasons mentioned I wouldn't recommend the audio version.

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  • Richard
  • 05-09-2020

Yawn

So much potential and what a story. Sadly the monotone voice of the narration takes it all away. James has yet again given us a well researched and well presented slice of history which has been let down by going to a mate rather than a reader of gravitas to bring the book to life. James Keeble would have been a great choice. I like Mr Murray and know that he has a keen interest in and great knowledge of war history, but he does nothing for this production.

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  • Man-O-War1977
  • 10-09-2020

Fascinating

Really well researched and written, one of Holland's best books - I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Second World War

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  • David
  • 09-09-2020

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A fantastic audio book & read brilliantly by Al Murray. One of the many things I really like about James Holland books is the attention to detail & the unbiased views he puts into every book he writes about WW2

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  • tom morton
  • 24-11-2020

Put up with Al Murray he does come good

As ever James Holland at his best, the earlier part of the book for the background and operational level I found the narrator not up to relaying the emphasis needed, Al is at his best at telling the soldiers' stories which will live with me for a long time

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 24-11-2020

The stuff about the Mafia is fascinating

I really enjoyed all aspects of this book. So will you if you like military history.

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  • Anthony David Lawrence
  • 14-11-2020

Factual account.

great book good to know the facts, where my father fought after North Africa.

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  • Ciderman
  • 02-11-2020

How did I miss this?

Loved it, great history, great narration about a campaign I knew shamefully little about. The lessons learnt allowed D Day to be a success but the book does not shy away from the poverty of the islanders. Curses to lockdown as I really want to explore Sicily now!

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  • Nicole Jordan Gutierrez
  • 30-10-2020

Excellent

I think James great strength is his ability to view events in the round without recourse to lazy stereotypes or entrenched points of view. This was a vivid & exciting journey through a campaign that deserves to be known better. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Robert Turner
  • 15-10-2020

Fantastic book

Really enjoyed the book very imformitive. Very well read by Al. Murray great pronunciation. The campaign and battles for scicily come alive. James Holland looks at the invasion from both allies and axis forces. Highly recommended

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 07-10-2020

Well written history.

Always interested in WW2 and the invasion of Sicily is one of those stories I know little of. The story is well written and has some surprising sub stories, the Mafia bit qas interesting. I liked Al Murray reading it. He just reads it. No fake accents when it's an American or Scottish battlion.

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