From the Pre-Invasion Build-up Through the Beach Landings
Troops boarding LCIs at Bizerte, Tunisia, for the invasion of Sicily (SC-176486).
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).
Sunrise off Sicily, as seen from a U.S. Navy attack transport. Taken on the morning of the invasion, 10 July 1943. Note the already-empty davits (80-G-K-2143).
An LCM from USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) leads an LCS(S) alongside an attack transport, off Sicily on "D-Day," 10 July 1943. Note .30-caliber machine guns on the LCM (80-G-K-2151).
An LCS(S), with rocket launchers fitted, pulls away from an attack transport on "D-Day," 10 July 1943. Boat is from USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) (80-G-K-2156).
A Coast Guard–manned LCVP takes Navy beach group personnel to the Sicily beachhead (26-G-1830).
Army half-tracks move inshore from the invasion beach, as seen from a Coast Guard–manned LCM. Note stacked supplies and bulldozer working on beach-access roadways (26-G-1835).
Beach group signalman directs USS LST-314 to her landing place on a Sicily beach (80-G-54629).
LCVPs from USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) landing vehicles through the surf at Gela, Sicily, on 10–12 July 1943. The truck in the center appears to have stalled (26-G-1788).
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).
USS Bristol (DD-453) refuels from USS Brooklyn (CL-40) off Licata, Sicily, July 1943 (80-G-52974).
Unloading LCVPs at Scoglitti, Sicily, 10 July 1943 (NH-68944).
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).
U.S. troops on board an LST receive last-minute instructions before landing on Sicily. Note inflatable life belts (SC-175913).
The 6-inch/47-caliber guns of a Brooklyn-class light cruisers bombard enemy forces at Licata, Sicily, during the Allied landings, 10 June 1943 (80-G-54550).
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).
An LCVP comes alongside an attack transport off Sicily, on "D-Day," 10 July 1943. Note 20-mm gun in foreground. Boat is from USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) (80-G-K-2150).
Loaded LCVP alongside an attack transport (probably USS Leonard Wood), off Sicily on "D-Day," 10 July 1943 (80-G-K-2152).
Loaded LCM leaves USS Leonard Wood (APA-12), bound for the beach, on "D-Day,” 10 July 1943. Note 3-inch/50-caliber gun and the boat captain in gun tub with megaphone (80-G-K-2148).
Troops lead Army mules ashore at Licata during the invasion landings. LST-385 is at right, with a truck -mounted radar on her bow (SC-175768).
USS LST-4 unloading supplies off Gela, Sicily, on 10 July 1943 (80-G-74826).
“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).
German aircraft bombing American shipping off Gela, Sicily. Two LCIs are at left, one nearly hit by bombs. A number of larger transports are in the distance (SC-175668).
USS LST-313 burning just off the Gela, Sicily, invasion beaches after being hit during a German air attack (SC-180428).
LST's unloading onto a pontoon bridge at Scoglitti, Sicily, 10 July 1943 (NH-68947)
Wrecked German planes on Sicily, 13 July 1943. Aircraft appear to be mainly Messerschmitt Bf-109 and Focke-Wulf FW-190 types (SC-185718).
Major General Geoffrey Keyes talking with Italian Brigadier General Giuseppe Molinero at Palermo, Sicily, during the city's surrender ceremonies (SC-180126).
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).