Sicily, North Towards Catania – 12th July 1943


(NA 4480): British troops pass bomb damaged buildings in Syracuse. The port had fallen to the British on 10 July. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4469): A British self propelled ‘Priest’ gun in action against the town of Palazzolo. The ‘Priest’ was a 105mm Howitzer mounted on an American M7 Howitzer Motor Carriage and was first used at the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4381): General Montgomery travels in a DUKW, 12 July 1943. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4547): Original wartime caption: Unloading petrol on a beach near Avola. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4299): Islanders returning to their homes, pass men of the Black Watch moving up to the battle area. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4458): Men of the 51st Highland IV wounded during the fighting for Francoforte being treated at the RAF before being sent to a base hospital. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4677): When our troops entered Militello they found in the Convent hospital an American airman, Sgt. Frank Curley of Jersey City, he was shot down about 10 days before our entry into Militello and is seen telling his story to the Bde. Official Observer. Standing beside him is Lieut. Derek W. Peebles, 321 Bde. Official Observer. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4556): General Montgomery on his way from Syracuse to the Bay of Augusta stops to consult his men. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4453): General Montgomery stands in his car and watches Italian prisoners, captured in the fighting for Syracuse, being marched away to a Prison Camp. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4301): The RAF during their raids prior to the invasion dropped a newspaper in Italian giving news and Mr. Churchill’s 1940 speech to the Italians in full. When we entered N0T0 an Italian policeman brought a copy out of a hiding place and read it to the townsfolk. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4565): A ‘Priest of the 11th RAC Regiment R.H.A. in one of the main streets in Palazzolo during the drive Northwards. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4388): Shot through gate of cage with Maltese notice on gate, prisoners in distance. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4553): Sherman tanks and British Infantry move along one of the country roads. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4462): A soldier guards a group of German and Italian prisoners taken at Noto, 12 July 1943. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4649): A member of the AFPU photographs a Sherman tank passing along a road, 12 July 1943. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4559): General Montgomery and a general travelling to the bay of Augusta from Syracuse stand in their car to watch the activity of British troops in the area Copyright: © IWM.