1st ed., 1988. 666 pp., photo-plates + 14 maps + e.p. maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The first full account of the Sicily campaign of 1943, the second largest amphibious operation in military history. D’Este reveals for the first time the conflicts in planning and the behind-the-scenes quarrels between the commanders and offers penetrating reassessments of the men who masterminded the campaign. The book explodes the myth of the Patton-Montgomery rivalry and exposes how Alexander’s inept generalship nearly wrecked the campaign. D’Este details the series of savage battles fought and how the Germans – against overwhelming odds – carried out one of the greatest strategic withdrawals in history. His controversial depiction narrates for the first time how the Allies bungled their attempt to cut off the Axis retreat from Sicily, turning what ought to have been a great triumph into a bitter victory which later came to haunt the Allies in Italy.