WASHINGTON (Circa) – July 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily also known as operation Husky in World War II.
To honor and remember the more than 10,000 Americans and nearly 13,000 British and Canadians wounded, captured or killed in the invasion the Friends of the National World War II Memorial had a wreath laying ceremony.
Representatives from allied nations like Canada and Great Britain were also at the wreath laying.
#OTD in 1943, the Allies invaded then liberated Axis-occupied #Sicily. Codenamed Operation #Husky, the campaign began with a large amphibious and airborne assault, followed by a 6-week land campaign. It was a decisive step towards the Allied invasion of #Italy @CVHISTORYFEST pic.twitter.com/kwZvqVtDU0— The History Chap (@History_Chap) July 9, 2018
The invasion of Sicily was an allied effort to remove the fascist regime from the war.
After 38 days of fighting the U.S. and Great Britain successfully drove German and Italian troops from Sicily and prepared to assault the Italian mainland.
July 9 1943 -American/British troops landing in Sicily, as part of Operation Husky. The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major campaign of World War II, in which the Allies took the island of Sicily from the Axis powers (Italy/Nazi Germany)OnThisDay pic.twitter.com/2GP7IEKfXy— Christine (@lets_christine) July 9, 2018
After this invasion the Mediterranean Sea lanes were opened up for allied merchant ships, this was the first time since 1941.