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Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, from Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia Hardcover – April 12, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0471414292 ISBN-10: 0471414298 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471414298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471414292
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Orr Kelly has dramatically brought to life the desert war by masterfully weaving the view of higher headquarters with the pathos of the foxhole. MEETING THE FOX takes the reader on a gripping journey from North Africa's beaches and drop zones, the practically forgotten disaster at Sidi bou Zid, to the final battles in Tunisia. MEETING THE FOX is destined to rank among the best narrative histories on the American experience in North Africa."
(Patrick O'Donnell, author of Beyond Valor and Into The Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat)


"An almost bullet by bullet, shell by shell account, Meeting the Fox offers riveting personal experiences from those who fought the Axis forces during the desperate campaign for North Africa."
(Gerald Astor, Historian, Author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide and The Greatest War Vols. I-III)

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"Orr Kelly has dramatically brought to life the desert war by masterfully weaving the view of higher headquarters with the pathos of the foxhole. MEETING THE FOX takes the reader on a gripping journey from North Africa's beaches and drop zones, the practically forgotten disaster at Sidi bou Zid, to the final battles in Tunisia. MEETING THE FOX is destined to rank among the best narrative histories on the American experience in North Africa."
(Patrick O'Donnell, author of Beyond Valor and Into The Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat)


"An almost bullet by bullet, shell by shell account, Meeting the Fox offers riveting personal experiences from those who fought the Axis forces during the desperate campaign for North Africa."
(Gerald Astor, Historian, Author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide and The Greatest War Vols. I-III)


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All in all this book belongs on my Classics shelf and I recommend it highly!
Mannie Liscum
So much is made of the great invasion of Normandy where troops travelled for 24 hours on ships to land on the beaches.
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This book was written on a very interesting topic and is an excellent history.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mannie Liscum on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Orr Kelly's "Meeting the Fox" - Great work! Aside from "The Rommel Papers" (E. Rommel/B.H. Liddell) this book is the only book singly dedicated to battles of the North African theatre that I have read so my review may be limited from a comparative standpoint. Yet with a fairly decent number of books on WWII under my belt I can easily state that "Meeting the Fox" was one of the most enjoyable I've read. It's a great complement to "The Rommel Papers" in that it is dedicated to the North African theatre after entrance of the US Army with Operation Torch - the first grand scale allied amphibious landing. "The Rommel Papers" deals more inclusively with the entire North African campaign, and not surprisingly from the German perspective. "Meeting the Fox" is really dedicated to examining the US Army's "trial by fire and blood" (as it was) upon it's first (disastrous) meeting with the German/Italian armies. Kelly paints a nice picture of how the US Army that landed in North Africa changed from a green, poorly trained and often poorly lead force in nine short months to one more familiar to most Americans that fought and won in Northern Europe a year later. Kelly is certainly critical of problems that arose in the early battles, but he is also fair. While others have lain certain and almost singular blame for early failures on Maj. Gen. Fredendall, the highest-ranking field commander during the first bloody loses, Kelly is quick to point out that Fredendall was not the only "incompetent". Moreover, Kelly gives credit to commanders who have shared blame but probably didn't deserve it, such as Combat Command B commander Brig. Gen. Robinett and Ranger leader Maj. Darby.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Fasnacht on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Orr Kelly did an excellent job recounting the history of Operation Torch and the battle for Tunisia. He brought it alive by documenting and re-telling the personal stories of some real American heroes (Major Siglin, Captain Bill Tuck, Colonel Waters, etc.) This is a very enjoyable read that flows without losing the detail. Thank you Mr. Kelly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joanne F. Wasson on July 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Meeting the Fox turned out to be the book I was looking for - one which would give a detailed, but not confusing, history of the Allied campaign in Africa during WW II. It helps me and my late husband's grandsons appreciate and understand his part in that war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Roberts on November 13, 2005
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Some in the Allied Command structure during WWII wanted to bypass the North African campaign and strike directly at Normandy as early as late 1942 / early 1943. This book shows clearly how much of a disaster that would have been.

The North African campaign was the testing ground of the Allied war machine, where the U.S. Army raised the officer corps and developed the tactics which would lead to ultimate victory on the fields and in the cities of Europe.

This book was written on a very interesting topic and is an excellent history. I sort of painstakingly only gave it four stars rather than five, because the book is mostly history and can sometimes be a little bit dry since there's no single group of soldiers or unit that it follows and that you can connect with. Of course, this is impossible for a history of an entire campaign in the largest war ever fought, so it really is five star history, just four star reading for me.

It lets you know all the strategic reasoning behind both sides moves, delves into the technological capabilities of the allies, explains the political wrangling between the U.S., England, and the French who joined the allies. As it progresses it tells the story of smaller units in the myriad string of battles that made up the campaign, expertly navigating back and forth between the tactical scene and the big picture, and between the telling of events and the analysis that gives them meaning and puts them into context. The history is chronological, comprehensive, and complete. One can imagine the fear, drama, suspense, sting of defeat, and adrenaline of going into combat for the first time against one of the most vaunted armies ever assembled on completely foreign land.

The North African campaign shows the U.S.
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