Chapter 6. From Africa to Europe

Decisions in 1943

The conclusion of hostilities in Tunisia cleared the way for future Allied operations. Seizure of Sicily was to be next, as decided in the preceding January during the Allied conference near Casablanca. Components of the Allied force for the Sicilian operation had been selected, and final plans and preparations occupied the next month and a half. At Quebec another Allied conference produced a decision to invade southern Italy as soon as Sicily had been secured, with the goal of liberating Rome. Surrender by the Italian government to the Allies was expected to precede the second invasion. Forcing a withdrawal of German forces up the Italian peninsula to the Po Valley or the Alps was also thought ...

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