In this arresting image, it looks almost as if you’re seeing part-man, part-machine — or a man heaving under the weight of the machinery around him. In actuality, it’s a rare snap of a British driver of a Bishop self-propelled gun of the 142nd Field Regiment, Royal Devon Yeomanry, during Operation Husky. Operation Husky was a key moment of World War II, the nickname for the Allied invasion of Sicily. The operation began with a huge amphibious and airborne effort, before a six-week campaign on land, and marked the beginning of the crucial Italian Campaign.
Near Noto, Sicily, Italy.
27 July 1943.