Operation Baytown commences as the British Eighth Army spearheads the invasion of Italy, guarded by the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and U.
WORLD: Africa and Italy:
DUCKS (U.S. Amphibious 3 ton lorries) Enter water in darkness from Sicily women & supplies
ITALY Shipping in Straits of Messina crossing to Italy..night barrage..navy escorts
MILITARY BRITISH. Montgomery visits troops in Sicily..decorates men.. speaks to assembly from car..amphibious ducks enter water..first wounded arrive from Italy.
MONTGOMERY Lt. General. Visits men in Sicily..decorates..speaks to assembly from car (silent)
NAVAL BRITISH.. Shipping w. naval escort cross Straits of Messina in darkness..night barrage
RED CROSS. First wounded from Italy arrive on beaches at Sicily..Red X Ambulance waiting..carry wounded thro' water on stretcher
SHIPPING. Allied ships w. naval escort set out in darkness for invasion of ITALY (from Sicily)..ducks enter water..night barrage.
SICILY. Montgomery visits troops in..speaks to assembly from car..decorates men..shipping for Italy in darkness..first wounded arrives from Italy
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Background: Operation Baytown commences as the British Eighth Army spearheads the invasion of Italy, guarded by the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and U.S. Army Air Corps