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Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Paperback – Mar 22 2010


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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; Reprint edition (March 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553655397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553655398
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cements Zuehlke's position among our foremost chroniclers of Canada at war." (Globe & Mail 2008-10-27)

"Zuehlke's skill in writing battle narrative remains unsurpassed." (Quill & Quire 2008-10-27)

"Finally a book about Canadians in Sicily! Operation Husky details the Canadian army's Second World War baptism by fire." (Maclean's 2008-10-27)

"There is no question that Mark Zuehlke has become one of Canada's best historical writers." (Esprit de Corps 2008-10-27)

About the Author

Mark Zuehlke is the winner of the 2014 Pierre Berton Award: the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media. In 2006, his Canadian Battle Series book Holding Juno won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He has also written six historical works outside of the series, including For Honour’s Sake (Knopf Canada), which won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. He lives in Victoria, BC.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on July 28 2010
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The author continues to make a significant contribution to recognizing and examining the role of Canada in the Second World War. I have read six of his previous efforts including those focusing on the Italian campaign: Ortona, Liri Valley, and The Gothic Line. Zuehlke's style has improved greatly from his earlier work demonstrating a more narrative and engaging style that is increasingly emulating the works of Beevor, Atkinson, and Ryan (who are my favourites). And he has not sacrificed research, detail, and accuracy in this evolution.

The Italian campaign has received increasing attention in the last decade having been relegated to a "sideshow" given the aggregate efforts in WW2. I most enjoyed the politics and planning involved in Operation Husky along with the fascinating challenges related to supply and logistics. This was a complex operation made all the harder for the Canadian contingent when their commander and other leaders were killed in a plane crash shortly before it was to begin. This introduces us to the prickly Simonds, the criticized Vokes (he took heat at Ortona but received redemption in the European campaign), and the highly-competent Hoffmeister (who later was head of Macmillan Bloedel). The tale of McNaughton is also covered here. The underlying theme is rapidly maturing Canadian forces who would make a contribution to the entire war far beyond the relative size of its young nation.

Sicily set the stage for the rest of the fight up Italy: rugged terrain, stubborn Nazi defenders led by Kesselring, Italian apathy and incompetence (soon followed by capitulation), and a tough climate. The Italian campaign veterans were unfairly labeled "D-Day Dodgers" for not having been present for the glory of invading Normandy and liberating Europe. However, this history and others covering Italy clearly demonstrate that the soldiers on both sides fought a tenacious and costly war with the Canadian losing 562 troops in Sicily alone.
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By CD from AB TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 13 2014
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As always, Zuehlke offers a fascinating look into the first allied battle of WWII. A great book, and it goes well with all the rest of his series of Canadian soldiers in WWII
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Good writing style, plenty of detail and reference backup.
Interesting read with the point of view from those that were there.
Good set of maps and photos.
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