Sicily, On Route – 9th July 1943


(NA 4625): Major Cooke, officer commanding ‘A’ 2nd Inniskillings, explaining the operations to his men. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4495): On the journey to the Mediterranean troops spend a good deal of time cleaning their weapons and making sure they are in good condition for the coming ‘show’. Left : Pte. F.T. Cater 1st Bn. comes from Camberwell; centre – Pte. W. Kelsey of Guildford; right – Pte. D. Rogers from Oswestry. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4496): Another way of spending time on the way to an invasion learning the language of the country you are about to invade. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4497): Rehearsing the loading of their assault craft. These men were the first men to land on their particular beach.

(NA 4498): First men from this ship to set foot on Sicilian soil, Sgt. L. Young comes from Longham, Dorset. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4499): Convoy at dusk. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4500): ‘The complete invader’ Soldier on board ready to go ashore. The book tucked into the back of his pack is the Soldiers Guide to Sicily, a pamphlet issued to every man in the invasion force. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4501): Troops in landing craft. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4502) British troops in a landing craft assault (LCA), 9 July 1943. Copyright: © IWM.

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(NA 4504): One of the first men ashore, Sgt. J.B. Matthews of the R.Es who hails from Carlisle. His job was to recce the beach single-handed for minefields, then meet his clearing party and direct them in making a gap in the enemy minefields. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4505): Landing craft putting the stores and personnel ashore. Copyright: © IWM.


(NA 4064) Original wartime caption: Men of the Black Watch board their LTC’s (cut hackles). Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4065) Troops embarking into landing craft at Tripoli for the invasion of Sicily, 3 July 1943. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4066): Men of the Black Watch board their LTC’s (cut hackles). Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4067): Men of the Black Watch board their LTC’s (cut hackles). Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4068): Left to right:- Major Keating, No.2 A.F.P.S., talks to Major Scot-Noble of Hawick, Roxburghshire. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4069): Piper Pte. G. Masterton, of Dunfarshire, Fife, pipes whilst the members of the L.C.T. and members of the Black Watch stand in the background. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4070): Piper Pte. G. Masterton, of Dunfarshire, Fife, pipes whilst the members of the L.C.T. and members of the Black Watch stand in the background. Copyright: © IWM.



(NA 4131): The convoy moves off, a view of Port Said as the ship gets under way Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4132): Major General S.C. Kirkman, OBE., MC., formerly GOC 50th Division. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 4133): Part of the convoy sailing through the heavy swell. Copyright: © IWM.