Operation Husky: Allied Invasion of Sicily
19-23 July 2018, £949 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.
The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major campaign of World War II, in which the Allies took the island of Sicily from the Axis powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large amphibious and airborne operation, followed by a six-week land campaign and was the beginning of the Italian Campaign.
Husky began on the night of 9/10 July 1943, and ended on 17 August. Strategically, Husky achieved the goals set out for it by Allied planners; the Allies drove Axis air, land and naval forces from the island and the Mediterranean sea lanes were opened for Allied merchant ships for the first time since 1941. The Italian fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, was toppled from power in Italy and the way was opened for the invasion of Italy. Hitler “canceled a major offensive at Kursk after only a week, in part to divert forces to Italy,” resulting in a reduction of German strength on the Eastern Front.
Fly to Catania from Gatwick probably Easyjet. Dep LGW 1155hrs CAT 1555hrs. Book in to hotel.
Dinner and initial briefing.
Guests are met at Catania airport before transferring to our hotel outside of Catania in the foothills of Mount Etna. Here we have our initial tour briefing.
Drive to Syracuse
Ponte Grande Bridge captured by Glider assault
Murro Di Porco – SRS (SAS) under command Paddy Mayne destroy guns
British landings at Fontain Bianche by 5th Br Div
Primosole Bridge 13/14 July assault by 1st Para Bde – largest British Airborne Op to Date
Malati Bridge 13/14 July – assault by 3 Commando
American landings Gela
US 82nd Airborne defence of Piano Lupo
and Ponte Dirillo against German counter attacks
Stands on the Huber Line and Forward Defensive Line – the controlled withdrawal of Axis forces around Etna to Messina. Will follow the route of 8th Army arriving at Messina
Centuripi – Assault by 38th Irish Bde
Canadians at Agira – CWGC Agira
Messina Straits – Evacuation by Axis Forces
Catania War Museum – Excellent Museum dealing exclusively about events in Sicily
Catania CWGC – 2500 burial
German War Cemetery – Motte San Anastasia
Arrive Catania airport mid afternoon.