BATTLE OF SICILY: A Matter of Days

"The battle for Sicily has entered its final phase," Under Secretary of War Robert Porter Patterson said last week. "The conquest of that island ought not to be more than a matter of days."

Mr. Patterson was in Washington. To the troops, the airmen and the seamen waging the battle, the days were grim. The last phase was the hardest.

The Makings of Victory. Allied troops held nearly 80,000 of Sicily's 99,000 sq. mi. They had the German defenders pocketed in a shrinkage triangle, some 60 miles wide at its base, 70 miles...

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