A collection of fascinating old photographs of Palermo, Messina, Siracusa, and other Sicilian towns during WWII.
On the night of 9–10 July 1943 the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky began. The collapse of fascist Italy necessitated German troops to be relocated to Italy, weakening the Eastern Front of Germany. After 38 days of fighting Allies troops successfully drove Axis troops from Sicily and prepared to assault the Italian mainland.
By August 1943, the German and Italian troops evacuated from Sicily.
The first group of images were taken by allied anonymous photographers. The second group of images depicting the post invasion of the island, was taken by American photographer Nick Parrino during WWII.