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Sicily – Operation Husky

Prices start from:

£439

per person

5 Days
World War 2
Italy
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

Following the German defeat in North Africa, Hitler knew it was only a question of time before the Allies made their next move. Logically, the Allies would attack somewhere in the Mediterranean, but the question was where? The Allies knew where they wanted to land, but keeping it secret from Hitler was the problem.

In January 1943 at a meeting in Casablanca, Churchill and Roosevelt agreed that Sicily should be invaded in preparation for the invasion of Italy. Plans were set in motion as the invasion fleet was assembled and an elaborate scheme to fool the Germans was also plotted. This was ‘Operation Mincemeat’ better-known through the book ‘The Man Who Never Was’ and the film of the same name. The body of a dead man was prepared to become the fictitious Major Martin of the Royal Marines and he was dropped into the sea with plans to indicate that Sardinia was the real target. The subterfuge worked and ‘Operation Husky’ was launched, with the Anglo-American force landing on 10th July.

The Allies launched a two-pronged attack across the island and fighting was fierce as the Germans and Italians were forced to retreat. Fighting for the island lasted eight weeks, but 40,000 German and over 60,000 Italians had escaped to mainland Italy. The Allies followed, and on 3rd September Italy capitulated, but what lay ahead was a hard slog as they fought against the Germans up the length of Italy.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your tour in Sicily
Full services of a local Battlefield Guide for days 2 – 4
Entrance to the Museum of the Landings
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Flights
Meals other than those shown
Entrance to additional museums and attractions
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 5 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
You will be met by our local representative who will escort you to your coach for the transfer to your hotel. This evening there will be a presentation and campaign overview.
Day 2:
We start at Murro di Porco where from the rough ground next to the remains of a shore battery, we examine the use of allied forces in July 1943 in preparation for the beach landings, together with the use of special forces. From here we travel to Fontane Bianche, to look at the beach landings of the 9th – 10th July 1943 and Joint Amphibious Operation, we also consider what would the strategic effect on the war would have been, had the allied landings been repulsed? At Ponte Grande we visit the buttress of the original bridge and learn about what happened here on the 10th – 11th July and the effect of Coup de Main Operations. Finally, today we finish with a visit to the excellent Museum of the Landings in Sicily 1943, before returning to our hotel.
Day 3:
At Primosole Bridge we discuss the use of airborne forces in Operation Fustian on the 13th and 14th July, before moving to Ponte dei Malati where we hear about the capture and subsequent defence of the bridge by No 3 Commando. At the German Cemetery at Motta Sant’ Anastasia, we consider the casualties from the Axis perspective and pay our respects to the German soldiers who died in the defence of Sicily. Our last stop is at Sferro, where we learn more of the action of the 51st Highland Division.
Day 4:
A visit to Agira this morning helps us to recognise the significant contribution made by the Canadians during the invasion and we will visit the CWGC Agira Canadian War Cemetery. Next, we travel to Messina, site of the evacuation of the Axis Forces, whilst here there is a chance to see the old harbour and spend some time exploring.
Day 5:
This morning enjoy free time in Catania, before we transfer you back to the airport for your return flight.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£439

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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