Sicily, Pre Invasion -1st July 1943


(NA 3955): Sherman tanks being loaded on to L.C.T. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3956): Loading landing craft in battered Sousse harbour. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3957): Loading landing craft in battered Sousse harbour. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3958): General view of lorries waiting for shipment aboard landing craft, note battered harbour buildings in background. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3959): Bofors guns which are carried on the upper deck of L.S.T.s are manned throughout the journey. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3960): General view of mass of transport on the decks of L.S.Ts. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3961): General view during the loading of an L.S.T. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 3994): British infantrymen advancing in training through rough waters towards ’enemy’ territory . Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3995): The first of the Allied invaders approaching the ‘enemy’ coastline.

(NA 3996): Rocky and shelving beaches make the task difficult but despite many falls the infantrymen reached their objective. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3997): A typical ‘invader’. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3998): Sheltering from ‘enemy’ fire under a ledge. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 3999): A Bren gunner in deep water, still holds on to his gun. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4000): On the beach strong barbed wire entanglements are encountered and breached as the troops sweep forward.

(NA 4001): On the beach strong barbed wire entanglements are encountered and breached as the troops sweep forward. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4002): On the beach strong barbed wire entanglements are encountered and breached as the troops sweep forward.