Patton's First Victory: How General George Patton Turned The Tide In North Africa And Defeated The Afrika Korps At El Guettar
by Leo Barron
- World War II, Best of 2017
Blood, guts, and glory
American troops invaded North Africa in November 1942, but did not face serious resistance until the following February, when Rommel's Afrika Korps gave them a nasty drubbing at Kasserine Pass. After this disaster, Gen. George Patton took command and reinvigorated U.S. troops with tough training and new tactics. In late March, at El Guettar in Tunisia, Patton's men defeated the Germans. It was a morale-boosting victory-the first American success versus the Germans, and proof to the enemy, the British, and the Americans themselves that the U.S. Army could fight and win.
This spirited account brings to life the first success in Patton's storied World War II career-and the moment the U.S. at last began its long march to ultimate victory.
"Patton's First Victory is a compelling and comprehensive account of a battle that has been for too long neglected in the history of America's part in World War II. Leo Barron's well-researched book has revived the true story of Patton's success in North Africa, and is an invaluable addition to any library of military history."-Matthew J. Davenport, author of First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of World War I, a finalist for the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
"A fascinating and well researched account of WWII's most celebrated American general, George Patton, and his first great campaign of the war in North Africa."-Alex Kershaw, author of The Longest Winter and The Bedford Boys
"As dawn broke, the men squinted to see what was coming. At first, the morning rays blinded them, but as their eyes grew accustomed to the light, they beheld an awesome but terrifying sight. ‘Before us in the valley was an entire panzer division,' Carter later shared.
The appearance of the 10th Panzer Division meant a fight to the finish for the men of the 1st Infantry Division and the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. The stakes were more than just control of single highway in a valley in Tunisia. The American Army needed a victory against the Wehrmacht; after Kasserine, the officers and soldiers of the British Army wondered if their American allies had the right stuff. That morning, many of the GIs defending the hills around El Guettar probably asked themselves the same thing. In the next twenty-four hours, they would have their answer."
-from Patton's First Victory
About the Author
Leo Barron served with the 101st Airborne, saw two tours of active duty in Iraq as an infantry and intelligence officer, and currently works for General Dynamics as an instructor of military intelligence officers. His books include No Silent Night (with Don Cygan) and Patton at the Battle of the Bulge.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||October 20, 2017|