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First Blood: The Battle of the Kasserine Pass, 1943 [Kindle Edition]

Charles Whiting
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For a few weeks in February 1943, the action in and around a remote mountain village in North Africa held the attention of the whole world.

At Kasserine in French Tunisia, a major US army met the Germans for the first time in battle, and was defeated.

In the Pass at Kasserine, the US II Corps, 30,000 inexperienced young American soldiers, commanded by generals who had last seen action 25 years before, met Rommel's veterans of the Afrika Korps.

Not only were the lives of these young Americans, and those of the French and British soldiers who rushed to their support, at stake, but as they reeled back under the blow other vital questions were being asked.

Could the Americans stand up to the German veterans? How good was the GIs' training?

Could their generals really command in combat after a quarter of a century of garrison duty?

Most important of all, would these same Americans be capable of invading Fortress Europe?

This inauspicious beginning to a vital campaign rocked US Military confidence and the lessons learned were harsh.

Kasserine brought together the commanders who would finally fight that decisive campaign in N. W. Europe: Eisenhower, badly beaten in his first engagement and fearful for his career; `Blood an' Guts' Patton, already nearly 60, desperate for glory and busy emerging as the saviour of the reputation of the US Army; Rommel the Desert Fox, weary and sick, achieving his final victory of the war; and 'smiling Albert' Kesselring, who did not understand the meaning of defeat, fighting on to the bitter end.

Charles Whiting has written a hard-hitting and well constructed account of the events leading up to the Battle of Kasserine and of the battle itself. Once again he reveals all the skills that make him one of our most popular World War II historians.

Charles Whiting is the author of numerous history books on the Second World War. Under the pen name of Leo Kessler he also wrote a series of bestselling military thrillers, including ‘Guns at Cassino’ and ‘Valley of the Assassins’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1451 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KR9KZ40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
By Jeff
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Great read,loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable military history 17 Jun. 2014
By emily_k
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Readable military history, that some may argue is a little harsh on US troops and leadership in parts. Whiting is always engaging, despite or because of some of the controversial things he says. Book is pacey but still captures the importance and epic scale of the battle. There was both suffering and heroism on both sides during the Battle of Kesserine Pass and Whiting has written a commendable book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 23 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you are a 2nd WW buff, this may be for you? 25 Feb. 2015
By Don Evans - Published on
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This tale of disaster after disaster regarding our first few months in North Africa in 1942/3 is exhaustive and from what I can tell from copious previously read articles, is reasonably accurate, though some of the personal encounters related are just pure fantasy. If you are a 2nd war buff as I am, then you should include this in your library, but from a purely entertaining point of view, there are other more entertaining accounts out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 24 Jun. 2014
By Yellowstone - Published on
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Whiting is an excellent writer...descriptive, delves into the personalities of the main figures of this battle...very well done. Just one thing-since this is an area of the world not well known by most readers I ..would suggest a few maps of this area
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Well written and highly detailed book 26 Feb. 2015
By Colin B - Published on
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An excellent well - written book about events in French North Africa in late 1942 and early 1943 with a lot of detail I was previously unaware of. I noticed a few mistakes though- British carrier aircraft were described as 'seafires' and 'seafuries. (sic) ' The Supermarine Seafire had its combat debut during 'Operation Torch' but the Hawker Sea Fury didn't see action until the Korean War. He probably meant the 'Sea Hurricane'. He also referred to American M3 light tanks as 'Honeys' when in fact this was the British name for the type. The Americans referred to them as 'Stuart' tanks. Similarly he mentions American M3 Grant tanks whereas in fact this was the name for the British version. The US version was known as the Lee. He also claims the British 6 pounder gun couldn't penetrate the armour of a German Mark IV tank which is incorrect. The 6 pounder couldn't penetrate the frontal armour of a Tiger or Panther but could pierce the side armour of these two types. Overall though a highly recommended book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 28 Feb. 2015
By Bert - Published on
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Didn't closely examine MG Fredenhall's lack of experience and training.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview 17 Jun. 2014
By Erin Dunne - Published on
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Good overview of battle that people should know more about. Although mistakes were made on side of US Army they learned from their mistakes. Author makes sure narrative rattles along, although he also often pauses to pass judgement on things (leadership, tactics and character of German as well as US forces). Well worth a read if a fan of WW2 or military history in general.
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