Allied Invasion of Sicily, (9 July–17 August 1943), World War II event. The invasion followed the successful invasion of Sicily during the Italian Campaign. Since Italy shares a border with Austria to the North, I never understood why the Allies didn't simply invade the Third Reich from the south. The British wanted to invade Italy while the Americans wanted to invade France with all the possible force. But in effect, the agreement simply ratified a decision that had already been made Buy Salerno 1943: The Allies invade southern Italy: 257 (Campaign) Illustrated by Konstam, Angus, Noon, Steve (ISBN: 9781780962498) from Amazon's Book Store. With North Africa secured and Sicily—the stepping stone to Italy—conquered, the Allied forces launched their invasion of Italy on 3 September 1943. When the Allies closed in on the port of Messina on August 17, 1943, they discovered the Germans had withdrawn more than 100,000 troops across the straights, reinforcing the Wehrmacht to continue the fight in mainland Italy Each of the invasions in the Med 1942-43 was on a smaller scale than was required for Normandy and From the Pachino beaches, where resistance from Italian coastal troops was light, the Canadians pushed forward through choking dust, over tortuous mine-filled roads. 1943: Italy’s surrender announced to Allies (September 8, 1943) Italy has signed an unconditional armistice with the Allies, General Dwight D Eisenhower has announced. It served as a pathways into Europe and would take out Italy When was Sicily invaded? 3) In 1944 Allied resources were much greater, Germany's reduced, Italy out of the war and Egypt was hundreds of miles from any combat. By June 1944 the allies were in control of North Africa and of Italy. 17th August 1943 When was Mussolini overthrown? At first sight, the invasion of Italy seems normal. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Italy fell to Allied forces around 1943-44, I believe. Allies invaded Italy on 3 September 1943. Once the Allies decide to invade France in 1943 they no longer have the capacity to launch other invasions during the preparations to invade and certainly during the invasion itself. The Allied invasion of Italy took place September 3–16, 1943, during World War II (1939–1945). The Soviets forced the Germans to surrender. The map shows the strategy the Allies planned to use to help achieve victory in Europe during WWII. Take the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943. When Italy capitulated in September 1943, the German army seized control of northern and central Italy, and of Italian occupied Greece, Albania, and Yugoslavia. Question: Why did the Allies invade Europe from the Mediterranean in 1943? 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