Accession Number:

ADA159346

Title:

Operation JOSS, Offensive, Deliberate Assault, Amphibious, 10-16 July 1943

Descriptive Note:

Student paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST

Report Date:

1984-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

141.0

Abstract:

The 3rd Infantry Division reinforced with the 3rd Ranger Battalion and CCA, 2nd Armored Division, conducted an amphibious assault to capture the port city of Licata, Sicily, and an adjoining airfield on 10 July 1943. This action was part of a larger campaign to capture Sicily in order to conduct further operations against the Italian mainland. The initial assault was conducted by one battalion from each of the infantry regiments plus the 3rd Ranger Battalion. By evening, D-Day, the Division was in possession of an eight by fifteen mile beachhead and nearly 3,000 prisoners. While this was primarily an infantrymans campaign, HUSKY represents well coordinated offensive efforts utilizing good combined arms techniques. As usual, massive supply problems and extensive engineering efforts complicated matters for division operation planners.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE