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The Battle for Sicily Stepping Stone to Victory

by Ian Blackwell

The Battle for Sicily Stepping Stone to Victory Synopsis

On the night of 9-10 July 1943, an Allied armada launched the invasion of Sicily, a larger operation than the Normandy landings the following year. Over the next thirty-eight days, half a million Allied servicemen fought the Germans and Italians for control of this rocky island, which was to become the first part of Axis homeland to fall during World War II.Despite their success in capturing the island, inter-Allied and inter-service divisions and rivalries robbed them of the opportunity to inflict a crushing defeat on the Germans and Italians, who were able to conduct a fighting withdrawal to the Italian mainland and save sizable forces to continue the war. Regarded by some as a 'blind alley', by others as the way into Europe via the 'soft underbelly', the decision to invade Sicily was and remains controversial. Notwithstanding the campaign's failure to achieve its potential, invaluable lessons were learned which contributed to success in France later. Many of the leading generals who were to take prominent roles in North-West Europe - amongst them Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley and Patton - brought with them the experience of Sicily.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844157594
Publication date: 24th July 2008
Author: Ian Blackwell
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: European history, Second World War, War & defence operations,

About Ian Blackwell

Ian Blackwell is an author and historian.

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