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    Operation Husky the invasion of Sicily began on July 9th 1943.
    This was the biggest D-day of the war to that point.
    On the Allied side we had Patton and Montgomery.
    On the German side we had Field Marshall Kesselring.
    This invasion was expected,but the germans felt that no one would attempt a landing on such a wild stormy night.
    These landings were marked with alot of trouble,however The Allied forces were able to succeed. What would have happend to our objectives in Europe if Husky had failed?
    Would the Normandy invasions been able to come off at all?
    Would this extended the war to later possible 1950?
    Winston Churchill was not ready to commit to a frontal assult of Normandy..Operation Husky was sort of a dress rehersal for the upcoming D-day landings..
    Would this have changed his mind?

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    I think first and foremost, a failure would not have changed the minds of the Allied leadership. There was too much at stake not to make the French coast landings. The plan may have changed from what it was, but it would have gone ahead. They would likely have worked to learn the lessons, hopefully, as much as the Marines did in the Pacific after Tarawa and Guadalcanal, and continued to do after each landing. I imagine there would have been a delay in assualting the boot of Italy, as well as France, as a second attempt on Sicily would likely have been made.
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    • #3
      Re: Operation Husky

      Originally posted by james hansen
      :armed:
      Operation Husky the invasion of Sicily began on July 9th 1943.
      This was the biggest D-day of the war to that point.
      On the Allied side we had Patton and Montgomery.
      On the German side we had Field Marshall Kesselring.
      This invasion was expected,but the germans felt that no one would attempt a landing on such a wild stormy night.
      These landings were marked with alot of trouble,however The Allied forces were able to succeed. What would have happend to our objectives in Europe if Husky had failed?
      Would the Normandy invasions been able to come off at all?
      Would this extended the war to later possible 1950?
      Winston Churchill was not ready to commit to a frontal assult of Normandy..Operation Husky was sort of a dress rehersal for the upcoming D-day landings..
      Would this have changed his mind?
      If Husky failed, it is quite possible that an invasion of southern France would have followed - in fact this should have considered as an alternative to Husky. With some forces tied up in the region, possibly the Normandy landings would not have been as well defeded.

      The mainland Italy campaign was secondary - it was not violent for us to conquers Italy, especially given the inevitable Italian mutiny against German command. Sicily's prime importance was a sort of "Axis Malta", a base from which to harry our Mediterranean naval craft.

      What would have been the course of the war if we had left Italy alone, and hist the south of France in 1943? Would the Germans have responded en masse, or held back, anticipating a landing in northern France?
      Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
      (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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      • #4
        no the dress rehersal for the infamous D-Day was Dieppe.

        So many men slaughtered.....

        Skoal!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nreese21
          no the dress rehersal for the infamous D-Day was Dieppe.

          So many men slaughtered.....

          Skoal!
          Dieppe was an ill conceived fiasco that luckily the allies learned from. If nothing else they realized the absolute need for armor in the first wave of assault and the need to make sure that the beach was of a consistancy on which armor could operate (no little pebbles followed by sea walls).
          Lance W.

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          • #6
            Re: Re: Operation Husky

            [QUOTE]Originally posted by hogdriver
            If Husky failed, it is quite possible that an invasion of southern France would have followed - in fact this should have considered as an alternative to Husky. With some forces tied up in the region, possibly the Normandy landings would not have been as well defeded.

            The mainland Italy campaign was secondary - it was not violent for us to conquers Italy, especially given the inevitable Italian mutiny against German command. Sicily's prime importance was a sort of "Axis Malta", a base from which to harry our Mediterranean naval craft.

            What would have been the course of the war if we had left Italy alone, and hist the south of France in 1943? Would the Germans have responded en masse, or held back, anticipating a landing in northern France?
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            Was Patton the right commander for this operation?
            Who might have been a second choice if not Patton?
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            • #7
              Re: Re: Operation Husky

              Originally posted by hogdriver
              If Husky failed, it is quite possible that an invasion of southern France would have followed - in fact this should have considered as an alternative to Husky.
              This WAS an option considered at the Casablanca conference.

              The US wanted no part of a Mediterranean campaign; they saw it as a means for the British to maintain their empire. American strategy was to hit the German "center of gravity" in western Europe. Marshall presented this option as an alternative to attacking Sicily; Operation Dragoon later resulted from this.
              Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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              • #8
                I think that the Normandy invasion would still have happened and that we would have gone after Italy. After Normandy was complete

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