Senior U.S. Army commanders on board USS Monrovia (APA-31) en route to Sicily, 7 July 1943. They are (left to right): Major General Geoffrey Keyes, Brigadier General Hobart Gay, and Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr. They are examining the Seventh Army flag presented to Patton by Vice Admiral H. K. Hewitt and an I Armored Corps flag that had been presented to Major General Keyes (SC-186374).
Another view of forces en route to the landings at Scoglitti, Sicily, on 8 July 1943. Photographed from its flagship, USS Ancon (AGC-4). USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) is at left. The next transport astern of her is USS James O'Hara (APA-90). The destroyer in the center is not identified; USS Parker (DD-604), Kendrick (DD-612), Laub (DD-613), Mackenzie (DD-614), Cowie (DD-632), Doran (DD-634), and Earle (DD-635) were assigned to this task force (80-G-215133).
Allied officers on board ship off Gela, Sicily. Left to right: Vice Admiral. H. K. Hewitt, Brigadier General Albert C. Wedemeyer, a Colonel Hawkins, Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr., and an unidentified Army officer with a "liberated" German map case (SC-181034).
Empty shell cases litter the deck near the forward 6-inch/47-caliber gun turrets of USS Brooklyn (CL-40) after she had bombarded Licata, Sicily, during the early hours of the invasion, 10 July 1943. (80-G-42522).
Bombs splash around Allied shipping during a German air attack on the Sicilian invasion force, as seen from a Coast Guard–manned attack transport. Note very near-miss on ship in distance and crew of 3-inch/50-caliber gun in center (26-G-1790).
Citizens of Canicatti, Sicily, gather to read a freshly posted Allied military government proclamation regarding rate of currency exchange and penalty for refusing to accept British and U.S. currency (SC-177850).
Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr. holds the Seventh Army command flag he has just received from Vice Admiral H. K. Hewitt (left), U.S. Eighth Fleet commander, on board USS Monrovia (APA-31), en route to Sicily, circa 7 July 1943 (NH-96739).
Amphibious forces en route to Scoglitti, Sicily, just before the invasion. Photographed from USS Ancon (AGC-4) on 8 July 1943. USS Mervine (DD-489) is at left, followed by USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) and USS James O'Hara (APA-90). The formation appears to be making a starboard turn (80-G-215135).
USS Boise (CL-47) fires on enemy forces near Gela, Sicily, on 11 July 1943. Photographed from USS LST-325. Note manned .50-caliber machine guns on several of the Army trucks embarked on the LST's deck, a precaution against German air attack (SC-175981).
“D-Day” scene on Red Beach at Gela, Sicily, 10 July 1943. USS LCI(L)-220 is broached at left, with an LCM from USS Bellatrix (AKA-3) unloading just off her bow. Two LCVPs are also broached along the surf line (SC-175921).
British General Bernard L. Montgomery (center) and Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr. look over a map of Sicily, circa July–August 1943. Montgomery's hand is near the port of Palermo, taken by Patton's forces on 22 July (NH-95561).