I can’t be considered an expert on World War Two, but having read Rick Atkinson’s trilogy about the war in Europe, I’m much better informed on the subject than I’ve ever been.
I just completed “The Day of Battle; The War in Sicily and Italy”. I began with “The Guns at Last Light”, Atkinson’s third book. Then I went back and read his first book, “An Army at Dawn”. These three books are loaded with information. Atkinson is an excellent story teller, which is essential for history writing, in my opinion.
His books reveal the complicated task of uniting an allied force to battle the Germans and Italians. We also learn about all the personal foibles, the squabbles, the mistakes, and the challenges for both the winning side and the losers.
There were many strong egos battling within the leadership, and those feuds and military incompetence cost many, many lives. The sheer size of the force and the material brought to bear is staggering!
Our thought for today is from Robert E. Lee:
“It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we should grow too fond of it.”