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Sicily 1943

Sicily 1943 Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review March 2013 Title Sicily 1943
Author Steven J. Zaloga Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2012 ISBN 9781780961262
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $21.95


Subtitled "The debut of Allied joint operations", Osprey's Sicily 1943 recounts joint Allied Operation Husky – the July campaign ultimately forcing Italy out of WWII that September.

After a short introduction and convenient chronology, author Steven J. Zaloga highlights the opposing sides.  Sections on key commanders, force dispositions and critical plans – including Britain's deception campaign Operation Mincemeat – dominate the first half.

Operation Husky itself consumes the book's second half.  Here the author deftly chronicles increasing US and British capabilities to conduct complex combined-arms attacks, such as coupling airborne assaults with amphibious landings.  Zaloga details how Sicily not only represented a "watershed in tactical development of combined-arms attacks", but also proved an important test for all future joint Allied operations.

A brief conclusion offers insightful, objective commentary on each side's accomplishments and mistakes.

Photos, maps and charts supplement this fine introduction.  Howard Gerrard's illustrations dramatically capture the conflict's intensity.  And a bibliography and index complete this informative effort.

Highly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!