8th Army in Sicily Pics

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  1. Mullet94

    Mullet94 Senior Member

    My trip to the War and Peace Show and subsquently showing my Father-in-law the pics prompted him to rummage through his picture albums to show me pics from his National Service in the late 50's when he was a Centurion driver in the Royal Tank Regiment. But with those pics he pulled out these official war photos from Sicilly, he can't quite remember how he got hold of them but says he had a friend in Fleet Street who gave them to him, there is captions on the back with on a couple of them which I've typed alongside the relevent photos.

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    Street scene in Catania after the occupation of the town by the 8th Army troops:
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    78th Division take Centuripe.
    The Sicilian town of Centuripe, north west of Catania, fell to the men of the 78th Division after two days of heavy fighting. The town had a good strategic position at the top of a mountain and was desperately defended.
    Photo show. 'Mopping up' in the town of Centuripe.
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  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Nice quality images there ! Great detail.
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Excellenti ! :D
     
  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Mullet94

    Many thanks for the first class images which I hadn't seen before.

    It might interest you to know that Centuripe, pronounced "CHENT-UR-EEPY" by the locals was soon converted to Cherry Ripe by we who had arrived without permission.

    Regards from an ex-78 Div man

    Ron
     
  5. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

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    Ramadan is a great name for a tank.
    Excellent stuff, thanks.
     
  6. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Fantastic photos

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  7. Damiano

    Damiano In the shadow of Monte Cassino

    Wonderful photos,

    All the best, Gurdjieff
     
  8. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    Street scene in Catania after the occupation of the town by the 8th Army troops:








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    Interesting shot
     
  9. Richard Harrison

    Richard Harrison Senior Member

    excelent photo's if only there were some of 46th div 2/4 KOYLI :D
     
  10. levien

    levien Just a member

    Very, very nice pics.
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    Just wondered why wearing a helmet when your stripped to the waist or is it a sort of sun protection?

    Levien.
     
  11. Lehrgang

    Lehrgang Junior Member

  12. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Just wondered why wearing a helmet when your stripped to the waist or is it a sort of sun protection?

    Levien.


    Quite simple really

    The steel helmets were worn to protect their heads and it would have been obligatory in "standing orders".

    The removal of outer clothing would have been done because they needed cooling off but if they had been sunburnt they might have been charged with having caused a "self inflicted wound".
     
  13. Lehrgang

    Lehrgang Junior Member

    that helmet is called "padella" !!
     
  14. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    that helmet is called "padella" !!


    Not in my army Lehrgang !!!

    We used to refer to it as a "tin 'at" :) :) :)

    Ron
     
  15. sicily43

    sicily43 Senior Member

    good photos
     
  16. Lehrgang

    Lehrgang Junior Member

    siciliano sugnu, forse ci conosciamo eheh
     
  17. sicily43

    sicily43 Senior Member

    sure Lehrgang
    Ciao Armando
     
  18. Lehrgang

    Lehrgang Junior Member

    ahhaah lo sapevo, ciao
     
  19. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Gentlemen

    Mi dispiace molto, ma non capisco il dialetto siciliano !

    Ron
     
  20. sicily43

    sicily43 Senior Member

    Ron
    "siciliano sugnu" = I'm sicilian :)

    Lerhgang
    here I think you have to be more moderate ............ with friendship!hehehe

    This is the old Duram memorial on Primosle Bridge
    Is possible know where was taken the 4th photo?I think in Siracuse province
     

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