ORIGINAL NAVAL COLLATION MAP FOR THE SICILY LANDINGS AT AVOLA IN 1943.

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Reproduced for the landings by 512 Fd. Survey Coy., Royal Engineers, June 1943. Defences Overprinted 17. 6. 43. Originally marked "SECRET. Not to be Published" (this crossed-through, etc., when classification downgraded & signed & released by a Brigadier of the Royal Corps of Transport, 12. 7. 1983.). Map cold. 91 x 64cm (35 ¾" x 25 ¼"). A few small holes/repairs in folds (without loss) o/w V.G. Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, began on the night of the 9/10th July 1943, and ended on the 17th August. One of the most important campaigns of the Second World War, the British, American, Canadian and Free French took the island and drove out the German and Italian forces. The capture opened up merchant ship sea-lanes in the Mediterranean for the first time since 1941, toppled Mussolini from power, made way for the invasion of Italy, and forced Hitler to cancel a major offensive at Kursk. The British 8th Army, supported by Admiral Cunningham, landed on the beaches around Avola. This original wartime map, drawn up in June 1943, includes a good deal of information on the texture of the beaches, the rocky headlands and cliffs, obstructions to be encountered, Axis gun positions, anti-landing obstacles, etc., (all taken from aerial photography, shown in blue ; topographical information collated by G.S.I., shown in green). RARE.


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