HMS Abdiel (M39)

HMS Abdiel (M39)

HMS Abdiel is a minelayer ship of the Royal Navy. This battleship was sunk by mines of the enemy during the Italian campaign when the Allies landed in Italy peninsula and HMS Abdiel was responsible for supporting the Operation Slapstick as one of the three landing operations. Different from what many people might imagine, HMS […]

15th Army Group Shoulder Insignia

15th Army Group

15th Army Group was a force of the Allies established in World War 2. It was set up in 1943 when the North African campaign had ended and the Allies prepared to invade Italy. In August 1943, the force occupied the Italian island of Sicily, resulting falling of Mussolini government. In September, it landed in […]

German troops near Salerno

Operation Avalanche

Operation Avalanche refers to a landing operation of the Allies in Italy in the early stage of the war. In the operation, the U.S. Fifth Army successfully landed in the southern Italian city of Salerno. But the process of landing was resisted by the Germans. On August 17, 1943, the Allies completely controlled the island […]

Pietro Badoglio

Armistice of Cassibile

Armistice of Cassibile refers to the armistice agreement signed in 1943 between the Kingdom of Italy and the Allies. The agreement made the Kingdom of Italy break away from the Axis camp and joined the Allies to fight. But then Italy split and in the northern area the ItalianSocialRepublic under the leadership of Mussolini was […]

Operation Baytown, the invasion of Southern Italy

Operation Baytown

Operation Baytown is a landing operation launched by the Allies in Italy during World War 2. In this operation, the 13th Corps under the British 8th Army passed through the Strait of Messina from Sicily and occupied the city of Reggio di Calabria of Italy across the Strait. The Allies’ combat in Italy was also […]

Harold Alexander in Italy

Operation Husky order of battle

Here below listed the fighting forces involved in the invasion of Sicily by the Allies along with a brief description. Allies: Allies Supreme Commander was Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower from the United States. Allies 15th Army Group: Commander Harold Alexander. This is a super unit composed specially for the invasion of Sicily, just like the […]

Soldiers of 45th Infantry Division

Biscari massacre

Biscari massacre refers to the two cases of massacres of prisoners of war during the invasion of Sicily by the Allies. The two massacre occurred on the same day and both of them were conducted by the U.S. 45th Infantry Division’s 180th Infantry Regiment, of which was because the captured prisoners caused great casualties to […]

Fiat 3000

Fiat 3000

Fiat 3000 is a light tank developed in Italy. The tank was completed development in the early 1920s and equipped for usage. The tank was primarily designed to mimic Renault FT tank made by France in World War 1. As the equipment of the Italian army during World War 2 lagged behind, and some Fiat […]

Operation Husky Timeline

Operation Husky Timeline

The battle took place in 1943. The time below always refers to what happened during the year of 1943. June 11, in the Operation Corkscrew, the British 1st Infantry Division occupied the island of Pantelleria. More than 10,000 Italian garrisons on the island surrendered. The island is located in the southwest of Sicily. June 12, […]

The Allied land forces

Operation Husky

Operation Husky was the codename of the invasion of Sicily of Italy by the Allies. In the period from July to August 1943, the Allies launched an attack to occupied Sicily of Italy and eventually captured the island and won the battle, which promoted the ruling of Mussolini in Italy for over 20 years to […]

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