July 16, 1943

Recce in Carrier with Mike and Kerkham for water point. Thousands of troops still landing and the Beaches are crowded. More and more ships arriving. Bert and Bill went out gathering vegetables. We have onions, corn, tomatoes, lemons, melons and peppers. We are having corn for supper. Bert and I had a wonderful shower bath. Sat two, two gallon cans of water in the sun until they were warm, then one held can over branch of almond trees and poured over the other. Expect to move forward on Sunday. Today is D6 – Monty expects to hold Sicily on D10. Let’s hope he is right. Sicilians are a lousy lot – thousands of prisoners along here, all Italian and all very low class. Practically all methods of transport here seems to be by Jack Ass – and the darned little brutes howl at night. Expect Jim with my 15 cwt to land today.

Italian prisoners of war waiting to be taken from Sicily at dawn of the opening day of the invasion. In the foreground a British soldier is having a slight wound dressed. Imperial War Museums. © IWM (A 17912)

Italian prisoners of war waiting to be taken from Sicily at dawn of the opening day of the invasion. In the foreground a British soldier is having a slight wound dressed.
Imperial War Museums. © IWM (A 17912)

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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