Perhaps it is, in part, that I have come to appreciate the style of Rick Atkinson's writing, that I so enjoyed "The Day of Battle". One may think, "well, we know how the war turned-out, so why bother", and that would be a mistake. There is so much more to the planning and execution of WWII than the ultimate outcome. There are plentiful examples of unimaginable courage, by "ordinary" men AND women, upon which Rick shines a bright light. The running conflict among allies and the struggles to contain the alliance are stories not often told. Overall, I highly recommend the entire Atkinson WWII trilogy. Great, informative and gripping reading, all three.