Allied Invasion of Sicily | Animated History

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After their successes in North Africa, the Allied powers debated long and hard over the next stage of the war. With Stalin calling for relief in the East and Churchill grumbling in the West, the decision was made to pursue the fleeing Axis forces across the Mediterranean and invade the Island of Sicily. But with D-Day still more than a year distant, many fundamental questions had yet to be answered about the nature of amphibious warfare. One wrong move, and thousands of lives could be lost in the treacherous waters around Sicily. Join us as we examine this first great foray across the Mediterranean, the precursor to so many other successful amphibious operations that would be crucial to the liberation of Europe.
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Sources:
Atkinson, Rick, The Day of Battle, New York: Henry Holt and Co, 2007, Ebook
“Invasion of Sicily.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, November 18, 2009. www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/invasion-of-sicily.
Luconi, S. (2007). “Italian Americans and the Invasion of Sicily in World War II.” Italian Americana, 25(1), 5-22. www.jstor.org/stable/41330565
Parker, Geoffrey, and Williamson A Murray. “The World at War, 1939-45.” Essay. In The Cambridge History of Warfare. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008. www.jstor.org/stable/resrep13982.9.
St. Clair, M. (2007). The Twelfth US Air Force: Tactical and Operational Innovations in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 1943-1944 (pp. 17-32, Rep.). Air University Press. www.jstor.org/stable/resrep13982.9
Royde-Smith, J. G., & Hughes, T. A. (2019). “The Allies' invasion of Italy and the Italian volte-face, 1943.” www.britannica.com/event/World-War-II/The-Allies-invasion-of-Italy-and-the-Italian-volte-face-1943
Smyth, Denis. Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Zeuhlke, Mark, Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10 - August 7 1943, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2009, Ebook.
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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian3 aylar önce
    • Noticed you changed your Thumbnail picture and the title of your video. It looks much better honestly.

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    • chair of arms

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    • Nice video! Thank you!

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    • <3 the skip plug addon

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    • Didn't saw the Canadian Royal 22nd position in the vid... 😕

      Dr Do-LittleDr Do-Little3 aylar önce
  • "Europe's soft underbelly" *cries in italian*

    Shaun B.Shaun B.7 gün önce
  • Thank you for noting the contribution of the Canadian 1st Infantry Division and 1st Armoured Brigade which made up Montgomery’s left flank. Except you didn’t. More than 500 Canadian soldiers died capturing Sicily, about one out of every 10 Allied casualties. Kesselring called the Canadians “Mountain Boys” because they were specifically used to displace German soldiers from high ground. As the grandchild of a Canadian veteran, it frustrates me that your story gives no credit to the men who fought some of the most intense and dangerous battles of the campaign.

    Christopher SpencerChristopher Spencer8 gün önce
  • You love to see it not one mention of the Canadians lol

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  • Did I just see hoi4?

    Lam FanLam Fan9 gün önce
  • ABout 1% of 500,000 = 5,000

    Anthony EndackAnthony Endack9 gün önce
  • 4:17 Honestly I feel bad for the Italian soldier under the German officer's boot

    Anthony EndackAnthony Endack9 gün önce
  • 2:07 Love this hoi4 reference

    Petar ToshkovPetar Toshkov11 gün önce
  • 2:07 I’m just saying. Without hoi4 the allies would of never won ww2

    Xrd ScarXrd Scar13 gün önce
  • My family is of Italian decent and my grandfather was an Italian immigrant from sicily. I remember him talking about how he was technically going back home to fight his own country.

    juicejuice13 gün önce
  • 7:09 I've been living in Sicily for about a year and a half now. Catania (KUH-TAHN-YUH)

    Matthew NeinerMatthew Neiner13 gün önce
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    LeytonLeyton16 gün önce
  • I am Sicilian and my grandfather fought with the resistance in the war helping the allies.

    Pablo BonannoPablo Bonanno17 gün önce
  • In my Opinion: Sicily looks like a Iberia but cut in half ya know?

    janarthur Evallejanarthur Evalle19 gün önce
    • I cant unsee this

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    Tom PegorinnoTom Pegorinno20 gün önce
  • 2:16 that looks like hearts of iron

    Abidan AzizAbidan Aziz20 gün önce
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    Adolf EkmannAdolf Ekmann21 gün önce
  • they have changed the thumbnail for the 3rd time

    RiceBloxRiceBlox21 gün önce
  • Brits suck at paratrooping lmfao

    白昏黑洞白昏黑洞21 gün önce
  • I have Noticed you changed your Thumbnail picture and the title of your video. It looks much better honestly.

    Sterling ArcherSterling Archer23 gün önce
  • Mate , read James Holland’s book about the Sicily campaign and know that you are talking bollicks. If you are going to put up a post get your facts right.

    Peter DuffyPeter Duffy23 gün önce
  • Fun fact. Sir Alec Guinness, the actor who played obi wan kenobi in the original star wars trilogy, was a commander of one of the landing crafts for the royal navy at the time.

    Victor SilvaVictor Silva26 gün önce
  • Brazil was in this mission too.

    Macaco AlbinoMacaco Albino26 gün önce
  • Little motivation to fight? Other than the invasion of their country..

    Wayne KerrWayne Kerr27 gün önce
  • The Livorno and Napoli divisions of the Italian army fought until The last man and almost pushed the Allies back to sea

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  • Is that HOI4 at 2:12

    Matthew NanningaMatthew NanningaAylar önce
  • really hearts of iron iv thats amazing

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  • Cool ww2 game idea: you get to set up invasions of countries to win ww2 and you yourself take control of a unit ot a soldier and you have to follow the route that you made and if you dont follow it you fail the mission, and if you lose a certain ammount of soldiers you can restart the mission from the beginning, but if you dont restart you get more rewards/resources for completing a successful invasion but the enemy fortifies their country more

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  • Every few years I find more reasons to make fun of Italy's performance in war. If I didn't know better, I'd say they were secret heroes trying to sabotage the Nazi monster from within.

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  • 10:40 In the video hahah your outnumbered oh two divisions of tanks

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  • Nice HOI4 references 2:08

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  • No mention of the Canadians?

    Peter KyriopoulosPeter KyriopoulosAylar önce
  • 2:09 hoi4

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  • Bro the hoi4 is fake he didn’t put the naval invasion order

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  • 3:52 Mediterranean isnt an ocean

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  • I like how during the hoi4 animation he’s playing as Germany and invading Italy as the allies

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    Dave BearmanDave BearmanAylar önce
  • No mention of the Biscari massacres.

    Walter SchumannWalter SchumannAylar önce
    • @RedAUG It is in terms of the allies in Sicily.

      Walter SchumannWalter SchumannAylar önce
    • @Walter Schumann Well that's not true at all...

      RedAUGRedAUGAylar önce
    • @RedAUG Don't you know, only the defeated commit war crimes.

      Walter SchumannWalter SchumannAylar önce
    • @Walter Schumann Did the Americans kill 22,000 POWs in Sicily?

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    • @RedAUG Stalin would agree with you while he murdered the 22,000 Polish officers in the Katyn forest.

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  • Yeah, I can see why Italy was called the 'soft underbelly'.

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  • Wanna not get wet? It's called knee-length Neos overboots. Navigating a partially frozen swamp has never been so pleasant.

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  • You did forget to mention the deals USA did with the Mafia to get the civilian support and to mention the Partisans: who were guerrilla antifascist groups of Italians.

    Marco TorrettaMarco TorrettaAylar önce
  • Beautiful and interesting video, but why did not you mentioned the massacre of Biscari? That was a shameful page about invasion of Sicily. I can't forgive what Patton died, they did not kill only Italian and German soldiers, but also civilians.

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  • 2:15 how are you moving alied troops if ur playin as germany?

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  • There was a great stockpile of artillery ammunition in North Africa. The US supplied much of the artillery used in the Italian campaign from the stockpiles built up in North Africa.

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  • They did a lot of war crimes here. My great grandmother Always told me that the americans made more damage to the civilians than the germans. She told me of her friend raped and of the people killed Just because they refused to give their supplies to the troops. I still don't understand why Italy still celebrate the American arrival as a liberation while in fact was just an invasion

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  • My Grandfather Sgt. Thomas Fletcher and his Brother Pvt. Willis Fletcher fought in this Campaign.

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Allied Invasion of Sicily | Animated History