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#1 07-09-2016 12:48:08

zip3120
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My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Hi mates
here we are in the British landing zone, between Pachino and Noto.

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it is incredible to imagine how current places of tourist attraction and peace could have been theater of bloody events 73 years ago.

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Troops from 51st Highland Division unloading stores from tank landing craft on the opening day of the Allied invasion of Sicily.


After the landing beaches I visited the place that most excited me... the Simeto river, the place were there was the Primosole bridge.

Simeto is a river surrounding the Etna. Going from southeast, east and west makes a natural insurmountable barrier blocking  the way to Catania.

Here British (airborne and infantry) fought against German and Italian (german para and Italian X arditi) in an epic battle, among the bloodiest of the campaign of Sicily.
Now the old bridge has been replaced with a new bridge and we can only imagine where it was, going along the old road as did the British troops...



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Here is a WWII aerial view of the bridge

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and some pics of the heroes..

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here the memorial of the value shown by  X arditi, the special corp of the royal italian army, that in the night between 14 and 15 July recaptured the bridge driving out the British paratroopers.

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here The German military cemetery

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#2 07-09-2016 14:00:59

Rebbaron55
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Re: My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Thank you Zip for sharing your very interesting travel photos. Very enlightening how the Germans have decided to memorialize their fallen soldiers.  cool  Barron

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#3 08-09-2016 22:58:08

herrzark
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Re: My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Amazing photos.thanks for sharing them


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#4 09-09-2016 13:27:15

don_kihotis7
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Re: My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Wow very nice and informative thread Marco.

I really like the comparison of the "then" and "now" photos.

.... and well presented.

Grazie.


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#5 09-09-2016 14:33:41

zip3120
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Re: My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Thanks my friends, as you clearly see I am very interested in the Italy campaign.... the armies of almost all the nations involved in WWII fought in it  (only Australians, Belgian and Dutch there were not).
This trip in Sicily has been an impetus to expand my collection section on the Battle of Sicily, creating new future mannequins.
Ciao

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#6 19-09-2016 11:08:35

Sebastian.V
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Re: My tour in the WWII sites of Sicily second episode

Lot of history in this island...

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