Battle Of Sicily - THE SEA: The Amphibians

Never in the 6,000-year history of war had there been an operation to compare with the amphibious one which took the Allies to Sicily. In the American western task force alone there were 1,000 ships, and the British, off to the east, had as many. Those 2,000 ships had set out from different ports, at different speeds, on different courses; each had its appointed station for H-hour. As if the natural difficulties of such an operation were not enough, on the night of invasion a 40-knot westerly gale sprang up.

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