A soldier about to go ashore during the invasion of Sicily, July 1943
Photograph, World War Two, Sicily, 1943.
The soldier, who is armed with a Thompson submachine gun, carries a pamphlet, the 'Soldiers' Guide to Sicily' in his pack. The invasion, codenamed Operation Husky, began on the night of 9 July 1943 with a large scale amphibious and airborne assault. Hostilities ended after six weeks of land combat on 17 August.
From a collection of British official war photographs relating to the 78th Division.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection