Sept. 3 & 4, 1943 – Invasion of Italy

Sept. 3: The guns on the Sicilian coast opened up at 3 a.m. And I believe the land was made one hour later. Italy is plainly visible from here. We have been lying here all day, swimming and sleeping. Infantry landing craft are in at the beach now. We will load either tonight or tomorrow. So far, the news had been no opposition.

 Reggio, 3 September 1943 (Operation Baytown): A Sherman tank and infantry advance north from Reggio. Although the Eighth Army encountered little active resistance during their advance, the natural obstructions of the terrain, combined with German demolition's resulted in very slow progress and prevented the Army from intervening in the fighting at Salerno until after the Germans had started to withdraw. © IWM (NA 6560)


Reggio, 3 September 1943 (Operation Baytown): A Sherman tank and infantry advance north from Reggio. Although the Eighth Army encountered little active resistance during their advance, the natural obstructions of the terrain, combined with German demolition’s resulted in very slow progress and prevented the Army from intervening in the fighting at Salerno until after the Germans had started to withdraw.
© IWM (NA 6560)

Sept. 4: Loaded on LCT at 5 p.m. And sailed up the Messina Straits about twenty-five miles, then turned due East and sailed into the beach just north of Reggio. Landed at 10 p.m., a perfectly peaceful landing. Moved into the Town and bedded down for the night.

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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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