Patton's First Victory: How General George Patton Turned the Tide in North Africa and Defeated the Afrika Korps at El Guettar


American troops invaded North Africa in November 1942, but did not face serious resistance until the following February, when they finally tangled with Rommel’s Afrika Korps—and the Germans gave the inexperienced Americans 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 the first of Patton’s storied World War II career—and proved to the enemy, the British, and the Americans themselves that the U.S. Army could fight and win..

What others have said about Leo Barron's previous works...

"Leo Barron and Don Cygan have shed new light on the crucial siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. No Silent Night is the product of in depth research and a strong commitment to historical accuracy. Whether you are new to the topic or a confirmed expert, you will learn much from this book." —John C. McManus, author of Alamo in the Ardennes and September Hope



"Bastogne has always figured large in any account of the Battle of the Bulge. In No Silent Night, Leo Barron and Don Cygan provide new insight into the climatic battle that raged for that small Ardennes market town on Christmas Day 1944. New sources, interviews and thorough documentation grace this book, which will be a boon for those seeking to understand how Americans prevailed in one of their most famous World War II victories."

—Danny S. Parker, author of Fatal Crossroads


"Given the volumes of coverage of the Battle of the Bulge, any attempt at a fresh telling of the fighting around Bastogne is a tall order, but this book has elbowed its way to the top with the best. Centered on Patton's operation to relieve the besieged American forces, Leo Barron moves the reader seamlessly between top-level operational decisions and boots-on-the-ground trigger-pullers. Using an impressive breadth of primary source material, Barron's narrative uses a conversational prose that is both factual and balanced, and the reader is left understanding the US 4th Armored Division as well as the German 5th Fallschirmjagers. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested not just in the European theater of World War II, but in great military history."

Matthew Davenport, author of First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of World War I



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