"The U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is pleased to present a special lecture entitled: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Bliss Hall at Carlisle Barracks. Those without DOD vehicle decals may enter the Claremont Road gate, show a photo ID, and follow directions to Anne Ely Hall for parking."
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.The Day of Battle follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.
Rick Atkinson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for An Army at Dawn, the first volume of his World War II Liberation Trilogy. He returns to the Army War College for a free, public lecture about his recently published second volume. Atkinson will talk about his book, The Day of
Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Bliss Hall. Atkinson will be available for book signing afterward.
Atkinson's career in journalism has spanned 30 years from suburban police reporter in Kansas to assistant editor for investigations with the Washington Post.
While on book leave from the Post, Atkinson has researched extensively with the Military History Institute's archives. He held the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership in 2004, teaching at both the Army War College and Dickinson College.
Atkinson has been honored three times with the Pulitzer Prize: the 2003 Pulitzer for History for his book, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943; the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting; and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service, awarded to the Washington Post for a series of investigative articles conceived, directed and edited by Atkinson on shootings by the District of Columbia police department.
Son of a U.S. Army officer, Atkinson grew up on military posts. He holds a master of art degree in English literature from the University of Chicago. Atkinson is the author of multiple best-selling books: The Long Gray Line, about West Point's class of 1966 and the national leaders it produced; Crusade, a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War; and In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat, a first-person account of the 101st Airborne Division on the battlefields of Iraq.
The lecture is open to the public; those without DOD vehicle decals may enter the Claremont Road gate, show a photo ID, and follow directions to Anne Ely Hall for parking.