During the early stages of the Second World War the island was under the control of Benito Mussolini and his fascist government. Patton now turned east along the northern coast of the island towards the port of Messina. Well, we have no mess and no lamps, nor are we likely to have either for a long time. After the arid wastes of North Africa, where you could smell the villages miles away, I felt this was Europe again at last. It has come to my attention that a very small number of soldiers are going to the hospital on the pretext that they are nervously incapable of combat. Admiral Andrew Cunningham was in charge of naval operations and Air Marshal Arthur Tedder was air commander. He thinks Patton would prefer to have the war go on if it meant further aggrandizement for him. Re: Augusta (Sicily), July, 20th, 1943 Post by Black Tornado » 19 Aug 2012, 22:58 Hi Fabrizio I'm new in the forum and by chance I saw that today you opened this thread on the bombing of the Axis on the bay of Augusta of 20 July 1943. Augusta is a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (southern Italy). Husky 2 or Mackall White? The Allied troops met little opposition and Patton and his troops quickly took Gela, Licata and Vittoria. Patton's brilliant successes in the Sicily campaign must be attributed directly to his energy, determination and unflagging aggressiveness. The officer who took my place in Tripoli was killed within hours of reaching Salerno's beach. by Larry D. » 22 Aug 2012, 01:38, Post At the Casablanca Conference held in January 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to launch an invasion of Sicily. On one of my visits to the American head-. The young pit worker from the Leicestershire mining … Continue reading → Patton was a thruster, prepared to take any risks; Bradley, as I have indicated, was more cautious. It thereby missed the opportunity to direct its main thrust-line northwards in order to cut the island in two: as a preliminary to the encirclement of the Etna position and the capture of Messina. by Larry D. » 20 Aug 2012, 13:43, Post To George anyone who didn't want to fight was a coward. On 10th July 1943, the 8th Army landed at five points on the south-eastern tip of the island and the US 7th Army at three beaches to the west of the British forces. Unseen US document reveals impact of glider battle at Maleme, South Staffords near Syracuse – rare photograph, The Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment – Book Review, Unpublished shot of a tank on the Ponte Grande, Ray Atkinson, Halifax Tug Pilot in Operation Varsity, The Story of Glider 126 – A Rare Good Landing, Nothing Is Impossible by glider pilot Victor Miller – Book Review, PARAS Voices of the British Airborne – Book Review, Battle plans for Staffords glider troops in Operation Ladbroke in Sicily, Terror off Terrauzza – Operation Ladbroke gliders in the sea, Galpin’s Glider – New photo of Operation Ladbroke’s star landing, Seizing Bridges, Building Bridges – Battlefield Tour Guide Roberto Piccione, Syracuse, Sicily, Eben-Emael: The Glider Assault Myth is Born. quarters, I was fascinated to hear this characteristic exchange: Patton: Why are we sitting down doing nothing?
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Tullio Marcon was 13 in 1943, and living in Augusta, an important Italian … Continue reading →, As a 13 year old boy, Italian historian Tullio Marcon lived through the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. That is all that really matters. Finally I was posted to 231 Independent Brigade as Military Landing Officer - or beachmaster - for an assault on the Italian coast north of Reggio: we were intended to cut off the German forces retreating from Sicily, so that they could not reinforce those drawn up against our landing at Salerno. Post Three rimes in the next fortnight I was ordered to Tripoli, where they were planning the landing at Salerno in conditions of almost total publicity. Subscribe to our Spartacus Newsletter and keep up to date with the latest articles.
Three times the order was cancelled. Bayonets were brandished, executions threatened. When I left England you had already been abroad 18 months, but already out here in Sicily I have seen more than enough. So Ike is in a tough spot; Patton is one of his best friends but friendships must be brushed aside.
I didn't forward the report to Eisenhower because Patton was my Army commander - I couldn't go over Patton's head.
We landed in Sicily at Avola three days after the main landing, so did not see action there. General Harold Alexander was commander of ground operations and his 15th Army Group included General George Patton (US 7th Army) and General Bernard Montgomery (8th Army). Elsenhower, the Supreme Commander, was in Algiers; Alexander, in command of the land forces, was in Sicily; Cunningham, the Naval C.-in-C., was in Malta; whereas Tedder, the Air C.-in-C., had his headquarters in Tunis.
It was also argued that a successful invasion would force Adolf Hitler to send troops from the Eastern Front and help to relieve pressure on the Red Army in the Soviet Union. Here is what I found and it is all from German sources, mainly the Kampfgeschwader unit histories: The only reference in the German material to the ships by name that I found was this: Luftwaffe air units and Luftwaffe in general, ↳ Life in the Third Reich & Weimar Republic, ↳ Kriegsmarine surface ships and Kriegsmarine in general, ↳ Luftwaffe air units and Luftwaffe in general, ↳ German Strategy & General German Military Discussion, ↳ NSDAP, other party organizations & Government, ↳ The Ron Klages Panzer & other vehicles Section, ↳ Panzer & other vehicles - Photo threads, ↳ Axis Documents, Feldpost numbers, Postcards & Other Paper Items, ↳ The United Kingdom & its Empire and Commonwealth 1919-45, ↳ The Allies and the Neutral States in general, ↳ German Colonies and Overseas Expeditions, ↳ The end of the Ottoman Empire 1908-1923, ↳ Translation help: Breaking the Sound Barrier, http://airwarpublications.com/articles- ... d-material, http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/kms19.html. Not medals, Africa stars and all that cock. He holds the same view as myself about the iniquity of letting most of the Germans get away to Italy. Like our Facebook page to be notified of new posts. Messina was heavily guarded by fixed defences and beyond the range of our fighters. Operation Ladbroke or not? That men were showing a yellow streak. Meanwhile General Bernard Montgomery and the 8th Army were being held up by German forces under Field Marshal Albrecht Kesselring. General George Patton now moved to the west of the island and General Omar Bradley headed north and the German Army was forced to retreat to behind the Simeto River.
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Yet Ike feels that Patton is motivated by selfishness. He loved his men and they loved him.
Ike (Eisenhower) makes a point that in any army one-third of the soldiers are natural fighters and brave; two-thirds inherently are cowards and skulkers. have seen no action as yet. It was hoped that if the island was taken Italy might withdraw from the war. The Allies carried out several amphibious assaults attempted to cut off the Germans but they were unable to stop the evacuation across the Messina Straits to the Italian mainland. by Larry D. » 20 Aug 2012, 18:40, Post In spite of all his bravura and toughness and terrific drive General George Patton was a very emotional man. Hi Fabrizio I'm new in the forum and by chance I saw that today you opened this thread on the bombing of the Axis on the bay of Augusta of 20 July 1943. Ike said Patton's method was deplorable but his result was excellent. I have had to take the most drastic steps; and if he is not cured now, there is no hope for him.
Lance Corporal Jim Fern of the 6 Seaforths died fighting in the battle to capture it. Personally, I believe that he is cured - not only because of his great personal loyalty to you and to me but because fundamentally he is so avid for recognition as a great military commander that he will ruthlessly suppress any habit of his own that will tend to jeopardize it. He was bragging about the incident. No letter that I have been called upon to write in my military career has caused me the mental anguish of this one, not only because of my deep personal friendship for you but because of admiration for your military qualities; but I assure you that such conduct will not be tolerated in this theater no matter who the offender may be. For weeks at a time we have not even taken our boots off, let alone undressed, and two hours is a good night's sleep. I am aware that firm and drastic measures were at times necessary, it did not excuse brutality, abuse of the sick, nor exhibition of uncontrollable temper in front of subordinates.
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