The last sunset of Fascism was falling on Palermo, the capital and largest city of Sicily, and still the Americans had not arrived. Major General Giuseppe Molinero and his suite waited in their car, peering down a road.

At dusk the first patrols of the Seventh Army appeared. General Molinero tried to surrender to them. They declined the honor. At 7:24 a car appeared with a U.S. corps commander. Diffidently, without pride, General Molinero approached the car and spoke in Italian. An interpreter translated: General Molinero and his troops did not want to...

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