How the 38-Day Battle for Sicily Was Overshadowed by D-Day
James Holland and Al Murray in Conversation on We Have Ways of Making You Talk
We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a weekly show exploring the war in close up, hosted by comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland as they discuss all matters Second World War.
On this week’s episode, James Holland joins Al Murray to discuss his newest book, Sicily ’43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe, available in November from Atlantic Monthly Press.
From the episode:
Al Murray: Why did you have to write a book about it? Why is there not a shelf groaning of Sicily?
James Holland: Well, I think it’s because of what followed. You know, Monte Cassino is more famous or infamous, depending on which way you look at it in Anzio, in terms of the Italian campaign. And then you’ve got D-Day, of course, which is kind of the daddy, really, of Second World Wars subjects for we Westerners. I think it just gets forgotten. I mean, at the time, back in 1943, this was absolutely front-page news all around the world. And I’m talking about all around the world.
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