Aboard a transport, one of a thousand ships bearing the U.S. Seventh Army to Sicily, a colonel climbed atop a gun mount and read out an Order of the Day from Lieut. General George Smith Patton Jr.:
We are teamed with the justly famous Eighth Army, which attacks on our right, and we have for the Army Group commander that "veteran and distinguished soldier, General Sir Harold Alexander.
When we land we will meet German and Italian soldiers whom it is our honor and privilege to attack and destroy.
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