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  1. Sicily 1943: The debut of Allied joint operations (Campaign)
    Sicily 1943: The debut of Allied joint operations (Campaign)
    Sicily 1943: The debut of Allied joint operations (Campaign)
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  2. Sicily 1943: The debut of Allied joint operations (Campaign)

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Operation Husky, the Anglo-American amphibious landings on Sicily in July 1943 were the proving ground for all subsequent Allied amphibious operations including Salerno, Anzio, and D-Day in Normandy. Husky's strategic objective was to knock Italy out of the war, a mission that ultimately proved successful. But it also demonstrated the growing ability of Britain and the United States to conduct extremely complex combined-arms attacks involving not only amphibious landings, but also airborne assaults. It was in many ways the precursor of all modern joint operations through the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as two different armies and navies with their own methods of command and control adjusted their practices to conduct a harmonious operation. This stood in stark contrast to the increasingly dysfunctional German-Italian alliance which finally broke down on Sicily.
Not only did the Sicily operation represent a watershed in tactical development of combined arms tactics, it was also an important test for future Allied joint operations. Senior British commanders left the North African theater with a jaundiced and dismissive view of the combat capabilities of the inexperienced US Army after the debacle at Kasserine Pass in Tunisia in February 1943. Sicily was a demonstration that the US Army had rapidly learned its lessons and was now capable of fighting as a co-equal of the British Army.
The Sicily campaign contained a measure of high drama as Patton took the reins of the Seventh US Army and bent the rules of the theater commander in a bold race to take Palermo on the northern Sicilian coast. Patton was determined to prove the ability of the US Army after Kasserine in the hands of a skilled tactical commander. When stiff German resistance halted Montgomery's main assault to Messina through the mountains, Patton was posed to be the first to reach the key Sicilian port and end the campaign.
The Sicily campaign contains a fair amount of controversy as well including the disastrous problems with early airborne assaults and the Allied failure to seal the straits of Messina, allowing the Germans to withdraw many of their best forces.

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Steven J. Zaloga
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Publishing
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Publishing
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If you have an interest in reading about the Allied invasion of Sicily for the first time, this operational summary is good and worthwhile but from my perspective this campaign could have used another ten or more pages to make the summary more complete.
In part, this is because instead of having to describe the usual two armies there's four armies: American, British, German and Italian. This will double the number of commanders, armed forces, battle plans to describe and complicate the description of the campaign.

This campaign has the usual chapters: strategic introduction, a Chronology, Opposing Forces, Opposing Plans, the Campaign and the closing Perspective.
The introduction is brief but adequate and its amended in a secondary fashion in the other chapters. It describes the setbacks the Axis forces have had in North Africa and Russia; how Operation Husky impacted Hitler in shutting down Operation Citadel. The military significance of the islands of Pantelleria... Read more
The 1943 invasion of Sicily was bigger than D-Day and the subsequent campaign featured some dramatic moments (the Patton-Montgomery "race to Messina", the US Navy's mass aircraft fratricide) as well as some bitterly fought set-piece battles (the Paras at Primosole Bridge, the Canadians at Assoro, Leonforte and Agira, the Herman Goering's defense counterattacks against the beaches). But the Allies failed to turn numerical superiority into more than a frustrating campaign against a skillful German economy-of-force effort that culminated in an evacuation across the straits of Messina in the face of Allied airpower.

This Osprey Campaign monograph focuses on the operational ground fighting, although, given the space constraints imposed by the format, it does an admirable job of building in some of the strategy that led to Sicily, the air and naval campaigns, the commanders involved and the opposing forces (not ignoring the Italians). While Sicily has been covered in... Read more
Most readers are likely to view the 1943 Campaign in Sicily through the lens of the "Race to Messina" between U.S. General George S. Patton and British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, thanks to the 1970 film Patton. However, Steven Zaloga's volume Sicily 1943 in Osprey's Campaign series sheds some light on the actual campaign and does a great job integrating perspectives from both sides. Oftentimes, the Italian Army is either ignored or denigrated, but Mr. Zaloga shows great objectivity in including details about Italian units, operations and accomplishments. Sicily 1943 provides an excellent introduction to this campaign, with a tight narrative and excellent graphic support.

The volume has the normal introductory Osprey sections on opposing plans, forces and leaders. In particular, the author provides good background on the Italian effort to build coastal defense bunkers on Sicily and the role of the Livorno Division as a mobile reserve. He also does a great job... Read more
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