World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF SICILY: To Charybdis, the Scylla

The Battle of Sicily was in its final phase. Not once did Allied pressure relax in the last 50 miles to Messina. On Aug. 2, General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery of the British Eighth Army and Lieut. General George Smith Patton Jr. of the U.S. Seventh started an offensive. Within a week the generals and their men had cracked the enemy line from Mt. Etna to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Harried by land, sea and by air, the Germans fell back toward Messina's crescent beach. Less than four miles across the treacherous strait lay one castlecrowned heights of Italy.

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