Invasion of Sicily

Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries
Invasion of Sicily, Road to Berlin

A wood-beamed Sicilian villa is filled with sights, sounds, and artifacts of the Allies' conquest of Palermo and advance toward Italy. Although this first Allied liberation of an Axis capital city was a piercing blow to the “soft underbelly” of Axis Europe, bitter rivalries among Allied leaders and a horrific friendly fire accident showed that citizen soldiers were still not a polished fighting force.

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