- Gebundene Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Pen & Sword Books (Ncr) (11. Februar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0850529824
- ISBN-13: 978-0850529821
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,4 x 26,5 cm
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Disaster at Kasserine: Ike and the 1st (Us) Army in North Africa 1943 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 11. Februar 2003
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Those who imagined that the arrival of a major American force in North Africa would immediately tip the balance against Rommel's Afrika Korps were to be proved badly wrong. In what turned out to be a disastrously over-ambitious plan, the 1st (US) Army sailed across the Atlantic and went straight in the Operation TORCH landings in Tunisia. Just how ill-prepared the GI Army and its generals were became horrifically apparent at the Kasserine Pass. In his typically thorough and fast moving style Charles Whiting examines these events and the reasons for the debacle, which shook America deeply.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Charles Whiting is acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on the Second World War and during his literary career has written on virtually every aspect of that conflict. He lives in York.
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Its rambling for the US forces in Operation Torch don't hit the shores of Moroco and Algeria until page 65. Prior to this, the author discusses Clark's negotiations with Darling as well as the friction between the French and British. The conflict at Longstop Hill is then discussed but It takes the author to page 121 before talking about the preliminaries of the battle for Kasserine Pass.
Not having read Mr Whiting before, I didn't know what to expect. My appraisal would be his style is more like Rick Atkinson or Lloyd Clark than David Glantz.
Once the author gets down to the German offensive at Kasserine Pass, his focus tightens and I began enjoying the story. Mr Whiting does present the key engagements at and west of the Pass but this book is far from a comprehensive study of the campaign or a deep analysis of the importance of winning for Rommel with the Allies closing in on him. The relationship of Rommel and Arnim is mentioned but greater emphasis on this rivalry would have been interesting. With receiving reinforcements, the Allies were finally able to stop Rommel's advance in front of Thala and Tebessa and the author clearly shows how devastated Rommel was with the eventual stalemate and retreat.
The author is critical of General Fredendall's command abilities as well as his green II Corps who fell back in disarray.The author also clearly points out that most of the Allied tanks were obsolete and could not compete with the German Mk IVs and the new Tigers. The Luftwaffe was also of much greater support to the ground forces than the Allied air force was.
There are only a few maps but they're pretty good and there are photos to help the reader. The book closes with a Bibliography, Notes and Index.
I would suggest this book is better suited to the new student or casual reader for it is engaging but not comprehensive enough for the serious historian.
The book shows the fine line between disaster and total destruction. So many times the Axis were so close to completely wiping out the Allies I am frankly surprised we won Africa in the end. The Allied commanders didn't get along, most didn't understand modern warfare, and, to be honest, the American soldiers were totally unprepared for combat.
Along with this book, I would suggest Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War if you want to know more about Rommel, Montgomery, and Patton. I would also suggest Afrikakorps: Self Portrait and An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy.