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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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Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Holding a net with the toes while sewing it

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Holding a net with the toes while sewing i...

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 of labor regulations established by the Allied military government for Sicilians

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

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 seaplane on the Sicilian beach guarded by a British soldier

An Italian seaplane on the Sicilian beach guarded by a British soldier

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

Getting out the newspaper published by and for Sicilians

Getting out the newspaper published by and for Sicilians

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

Messina (vicinity), Sicily. People returning to their homes after the departure of the Germans

Messina (vicinity), Sicily. People returning to their homes after the ...

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

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. Ruins of a Roman amphitheatre with U.S. Army jeeps in the background

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. Ruins of a Roman amphitheatre with U.S. A...

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

Reading a newspaper published by and for Sicilians

Reading a newspaper published by and for Sicilians

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...

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

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. A girl standing in the doorway of her makeshift home in the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre

Syracuse (vicinity), Sicily. A girl standing in the doorway of her mak...

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. British Eighth Army officers and men visiting some of Sicily's peacetime attractions

Castel Mola (vicinity), Sicily. British Eighth Army officers and men v...

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

Messina, Sicily. Workers outside the labor office where both skilled and unskilled are given assignments for the day

Messina, Sicily. Workers outside the labor office where both skilled a...

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...

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

The court, composed of two American majors and one British 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 British Royal Air F...

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

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Fishing boats in the harbor

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. Fishing boats in the harbor

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. 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

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

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 young couple on the beach in Sicily. The people are gradually returning to normal recreations

A young couple on the beach in Sicily. The people are gradually return...

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

Sicilian girl who tends the gates at the railroad crossing

Sicilian girl who tends the gates at the railroad crossing

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 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...

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...

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

Sicilian farmers working in a field

Sicilian farmers working in a field

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

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...

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

Messina, Sicily. Workmen clearing the streets

Messina, Sicily. Workmen clearing the streets

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. 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...

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 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

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. A harbor scene

Palermo (vicinity), Sicily. A harbor scene

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). 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

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...

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

The 2,000-year-old Sicilian state library, parts of which was badly bombed

The 2,000-year-old Sicilian state library, parts of which was badly bo...

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

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

Sicilian civilians being tried in a court composed of two American majors and one Royal Air Force squadron leader. They were charged with starting a riot which resulted in the death of several townsfolk

Sicilian civilians being tried in a court composed of two American maj...

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

Italian civilians working along with the Allied military men, repairing the roads. Sicily

Italian civilians working along with the Allied military men, repairin...

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

Small Sicilian girl, sister of the girl who tends the gates at the railroad crossing

Small Sicilian girl, sister of the girl who tends the gates at the rai...

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

The 2,000-year-old Sicilian state library, parts of which was badly bombed. The Allied military government is working to keep all possible records intact

The 2,000-year-old Sicilian state library, parts of which was badly bo...

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