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Sicily, 1943

The Allied Invasion of Sicily, Summer 1943.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1943
An Italian seaplane on a Sicilian beach guarded by a British soldier
The Allied invasion of Sicily, code-named Operation Husky, began before dawn on July 10, 1943, with combined air and sea landings involving 150,000 troops, 3,000 ships and 4,000 aircraft and 600 tanks.

Allied troops encountered little resistance. The Axis defense of Sicily was weakened by losses the German and Italian armies had suffered in North Africa, in casualties as well as the several hundred thousand troops captured at the end of the campaign.

On July 25, the day after Mussolini’s arrest, Italian troops began withdrawing from Sicily. As July turned to August, Patton, and Montgomery and their armies battled mostly against German troops pushing the Axis forces until most were trapped in a northeast corner of the island.

After 38 days of fighting, the U.S. and Great Britain successfully drove German and Italian troops from the island. On August 17, 1943, Patton, expecting to fight one final battle, was surprised to learn that the enemy forces had disappeared. The battle for Sicily was complete, but German losses had not been severe, and the Allies’ failure to capture the fleeing Axis armies undermined their victory.
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Fond relatives throng the Sicilian town square to greet their sons and sweethearts and uncles and nephews who were released from prison camps by the Allies

Fond relatives throng the Sicilian town square to greet their sons and...

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Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Fishermen preparing for run

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Fishermen preparing for run

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Notice to Sicilians of the labor regulations established by the Allied military government

Notice to Sicilians of the labor regulations established by the Allied...

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Lt. General George Patton, instructing troops in Sicily

Lt. General George Patton, instructing troops in Sicily

Signal Corps photo. No. 175663, 7-11-43.

Palmero (vicinity), Sicily. A family repairing nets

Palmero (vicinity), Sicily. A family repairing nets

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Global Conference - Sicily

Global Conference - Sicily

Global Conference - Sicily - FDR Presidential Library 1943 - Video 331 - 8 min s. (791 ft), silent, b & w, 35mm FDR reviews troops with Gen. Eisenhower, later with Generals Patton and Clark. FDR eats lunch in c... more

Agrigento, Sicily. Ruins of Greek temples

Agrigento, Sicily. Ruins of Greek temples

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The court, composed of two American majors and one Royal Air Force squadron leader, which tried Sicilian civilians for starting a riot resulting in the death of several townsfolk

The court, composed of two American majors and one Royal Air Force squ...

Annotation on original negative jacket. This image in a jacket marked "Killed" Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washi... more

A band concert for Sicilians and Allied troops

A band concert for Sicilians and Allied troops

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Sicilians drawing water from the town fountain

Sicilians drawing water from the town fountain

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Palermo, Sicily. Palermo Cathedral

Palermo, Sicily. Palermo Cathedral

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Soldiers leaving cathedral where they attended Mass

Soldiers leaving cathedral where they attended Mass

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During the first few days after the Germans had been driven from Sicily, the people were obliged to live in makeshift homes, such as this ancient Roman amphitheatre. Now they are returning to their own homes, rebuilding, refurbishing, and starting life anew

During the first few days after the Germans had been driven from Sicil...

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Messina (vicinity), Sicily. Allied soldiers in a jeep driving along a Sicilian road

Messina (vicinity), Sicily. Allied soldiers in a jeep driving along a ...

Title and other information from print in lot. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Notice of labor regulations established by the Allied military government for Sicilians

Notice of labor regulations established by the Allied military governm...

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Sicilian prisoners of war enroute to their homes

Sicilian prisoners of war enroute to their homes

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Repairing Sicilian roads. The Germans in retreat demolished most of the main highways. Allied military is working around the clock in an effort to repair them

Repairing Sicilian roads. The Germans in retreat demolished most of th...

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Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. The arena with the day's washing spread out to dry

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. The arena with the day's washing spread o...

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Palmero, Sicily. American soldiers at the cloisters of Monreale

Palmero, Sicily. American soldiers at the cloisters of Monreale

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After United Nation troops drove out the Germans and the Allied military government set up a new code of human liberty, Sicilians once again enjoyed their holidays without fear of Nazi reprisals

After United Nation troops drove out the Germans and the Allied milita...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

An Italian policeman passing the time of day with a British soldier in Sicily

An Italian policeman passing the time of day with a British soldier in...

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Catania, Sicily. Rebuilding the city. Wages comparable with peacetime are being paid by the Allied government. This money is charged against the Italian government, and will be paid later

Catania, Sicily. Rebuilding the city. Wages comparable with peacetime ...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Repairing Sicilian roads demolished by the Germans in retreat

Repairing Sicilian roads demolished by the Germans in retreat

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Sicilian prisoners of war, enroute to their homes, in the square of a small village exchanging greetings with the townfolk

Sicilian prisoners of war, enroute to their homes, in the square of a ...

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Palermo, Sicily. Some of the artists and guests at the concert given by the Palermo symphony orchestra for the allied soldiers

Palermo, Sicily. Some of the artists and guests at the concert given b...

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Castel Mola (vicinity). Castle on mountain peak over-looking Taormina and the sea. One of the peacetime tourist attractions visited by the British Eighth Army on a day off. Sicily

Castel Mola (vicinity). Castle on mountain peak over-looking Taormina ...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Palermo, Sicily. Soldiers listening to concert given for them by Palermo symphony orchestra and local vocal artists

Palermo, Sicily. Soldiers listening to concert given for them by Paler...

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Messina, Sicily. Unloading American white flour from an Italian schooner

Messina, Sicily. Unloading American white flour from an Italian schoon...

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Palermo, Sicily. Allied soldiers listening to concert given for them by Palermo symphony orchestra and local vocal artists

Palermo, Sicily. Allied soldiers listening to concert given for them b...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Castel Mola (vicinity), Sicily. A mountain and sea view to be seen from the castle. One of the peacetime attractions visited by the British Eighth Army on their day off

Castel Mola (vicinity), Sicily. A mountain and sea view to be seen fro...

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Italian national police guarding a gateway in Sicily

Italian national police guarding a gateway in Sicily

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A singer, who with the symphony orchestra, helped put on a radio broadcast for the local people. Palermo, Sicily

A singer, who with the symphony orchestra, helped put on a radio broad...

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Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. Roman ruins

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. Roman ruins

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Palermo, Sicily. Some of the musicians who helped furnish the entertainment at the concert given by the Palermo symphony orchestra for the Allied soldiers

Palermo, Sicily. Some of the musicians who helped furnish the entertai...

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Messina (vicinity), Sicily. A sign on the road to Messina

Messina (vicinity), Sicily. A sign on the road to Messina

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Castel Mola (vicinity), Sicily. Sicilian boys waiting to welcome soldier

Castel Mola (vicinity), Sicily. Sicilian boys waiting to welcome soldi...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

A band concert for Sicilians and Allied troops

A band concert for Sicilians and Allied troops

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Every day after the Germans were driven out of Sicily country folk reappeared from their hill hideouts and returned to their homes

Every day after the Germans were driven out of Sicily country folk rea...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Palermo, Sicily. Some of the girls who helped furnish the entertainment at the concert given by the symphony orchestra for the Allied soldiers

Palermo, Sicily. Some of the girls who helped furnish the entertainmen...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

A Sicilian farmer riding in a farm cart

A Sicilian farmer riding in a farm cart

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Repairing Sicilian roads demolished by the Germans in retreat

Repairing Sicilian roads demolished by the Germans in retreat

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Catania, Sicily. Looking at photos and reading the news of life in Allied countries. This is of particular interest to Sicilians because it had been denied them during the Fascist years

Catania, Sicily. Looking at photos and reading the news of life in All...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more