The Invasion Of Sicily Saw American Troops Met With Open Arms

While there is a rich history of war photography, far too few of the images focus on the civilians — and even fewer on happy civilians. But in this photo, you can see Sicilian civilians as they welcome American troops during the Allied Invasion of Sicily. The invasion, also known as Operation Husky, was a campaign in which the Allied forces took the island from Axis Italian and German troops.

The invasion was an ambitious operation, starting with large-scale amphibious and airborne components, followed by six weeks of land combat. The operation proved as a jumping-off point for the Italian Campaign on the mainland.

 

Invasion of Sicily

 

Monreale, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

July 1943.

Image taken by Robert Capa.

Credit: Anti-Worlds