Sicily, Pre Invasion – 6th July 1943


(NA 4176): Looking along the beach on landing, showing the tracks of the many vehicles that came ashore at this point. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4177): Officers of the 1st Bn. Black Watch discussing their part in the operations. In centre is Lieut. Col. C.N. Blair. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4178) A bagpipe serenade for the regimental mascot of the Black Watch, as the regiment prepares for the invasion of Sicily. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4053): Airborne Division Exercise. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4054) Original wartime caption: Men advancing through smoke screen Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205519094

(NA 4055): Close-up of a paratrooper throwing grenade. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4056): 2′ Mortar firing smoke bombs Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4057): 2” Mortar firing smoke bombs Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4058): 2” Mortar firing smoke bombs Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4059): PIAT Anti-tank projector in action. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4266): Troops boarding an L.C.I. in Sfax docks, which took them out to a ship lying outside the harbour. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4267): Troops boarding an L.C.I. in Sfax docks, which took them out to a ship lying outside the harbour. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4268): A tricky business outside the harbour men transfer from the L.C.I. to the ship. It looks easy, but try it when there is a ‘swell’ on. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4269): General view of troops boarding the ship from an L.C.I. Copyright: © IWM.