BATTLE FOR SICILY Stepping Stone to Victory

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Regarded by some as a ‘blind alley’, by others as the way into Europe via the ‘soft underbelly’, the decision to invade Sicily was and remains controversial. Notwithstanding the campaign’s failure to achieve its potential, invaluable lessons were learned which contributed to success in France later. Many of the leading generals who were to take prominent roles in Northwest Europe – amongst them Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley and Patton – brought with them the experience of Sicily.

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