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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Mar 28 2012 - 22:13

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For part two of his three-part overview of US Army amphibious operations in Western Europe, I again hand the keyboard over to Harry Yeide. - The Cheiftain

Sicily: Operation Husky

The Allied landings on 10 July 1943 constituted the largest amphibious assault of the war and put seven divisions ashore in Sicily. In the American zone, Combat Command A, 2d Armored Division, landed at Licata to support the 3d Infantry Division’s beachhead on the left of the American assault zone, while the 753d Tank Battalion (Medium) supported the 45th Infantry Division on the right around Scoglitti. Ten of the 753d Battalion’s Shermans were to help the 1st Infantry Division in the center around Gela until Combat Command B, 2d Armored Division, and the 70th Tank Battalion (Light) came ashore. The two combat commands were initially to fill the role normally accorded separate battalions: Infantry support.
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sheep21 #2 Posted Mar 29 2012 - 20:33

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sounds like a helluva situation, good write up chieftain :)

I cannae wait for part 3  :Smile_honoring:

waffenwolf #3 Posted Mar 29 2012 - 22:02

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Great Information!  I'm just reading about all this in Brothers, Rivals, Victors:Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe It's a 600+ page book but I'm flying through it.

easy8tanker #4 Posted Mar 29 2012 - 23:35

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Great read like always!  :Smile_honoring:

Keifer70 #5 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 00:22

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As usual, supreme work  :Smile_honoring: . When I went to the web site I saw they annouced the release of 7.2 coming out and was bout to click it, BUT then I saw another The_Chieftan Hatch article. Not to difficult to figure out which I went to first. So, if ya'll excuse me I need to go read bout what have to say on the release of 7.2  :)

captaindyllanrex #6 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 01:02

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Sherman firepower.

whukid #7 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 01:19

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How odd. I was always under the Impression that the German tankers came out on top in most engagements. I guess the Sherman didn't suck so bad after all :P

OSHOW #8 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 02:10

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Good stuff sir, keep up the good work

oversoul #9 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 02:19

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Thank you for this post.

I serve aboard an amphib now, and I have much respect for those who go ashore. S!

VonSchmuke #10 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 07:26

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 28 2012 - 22:13, said:

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For part two of his three-part overview of US Army amphibious operations in Western Europe, I again hand the keyboard over to Harry Yeide. - The Cheiftain

Sicily: Operation Husky

The Allied landings on 10 July 1943 constituted the largest amphibious assault of the war and put seven divisions ashore in Sicily. In the American zone, Combat Command A, 2d Armored Division, landed at Licata to support the 3d Infantry Division’s beachhead on the left of the American assault zone, while the 753d Tank Battalion (Medium) supported the 45th Infantry Division on the right around Scoglitti. Ten of the 753d Battalion’s Shermans were to help the 1st Infantry Division in the center around Gela until Combat Command B, 2d Armored Division, and the 70th Tank Battalion (Light) came ashore. The two combat commands were initially to fill the role normally accorded separate battalions: Infantry support.
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VonSchmuke #11 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 07:27

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They would have loved an LCAC

VonSchmuke #12 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 07:29

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View Postsheep21, on Mar 29 2012 - 20:33, said:

sounds like a helluva situation, good write up chieftain :)

I cannae wait for part 3  :Smile_honoring:


Agreed, good work.

twoonesierra #13 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 14:20

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very nice Sir

Barake #14 Posted Mar 30 2012 - 16:19

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I came across a paper describing the destroyers standing off shore during the Sicily landing engaging the tanks using brass slugs because of the nearness ( is that a word?) of the US infantry. The solid brass slugs wrecked havoc on the tanks. Any thought of off map naval support   :rolleyes:

FryaDuck #15 Posted Apr 02 2012 - 08:32

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Reads like "How America Won Italy". I'm glad no other country was significant enough to include.

The_Chieftain #16 Posted Apr 03 2012 - 04:00

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View PostFryaDuck, on Apr 02 2012 - 08:32, said:

Reads like "How America Won Italy". I'm glad no other country was significant enough to include.

What part of "three-part overview of US Army amphibious operations in Western Europe" did you miss? It's not an overview of any campaign, just the development and implementation of the US Army's landing doctrine.

Statzer #17 Posted Nov 17 2012 - 02:24

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A very nice read... I always like to learn about how things differ from a land battle to an amphibious assault. :Smile_great:

Edited by Statzer, Nov 17 2012 - 02:25.





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