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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jul 2024 12:50 p.m. PST

Amid the Allied invasion, the Axis transported several divisions across the Strait of Messina — divisions that continued to fight throughout the Italian campaign.

Naval History Magazine: link

Hornswoggler11 Jul 2024 3:12 a.m. PST

… — divisions that continued to fight throughout the Italian campaign.

Imagine what could have been done with some of the 260,000+ Axis troops left to surrender in Tunisia.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2024 5:21 a.m. PST

You can walk across the Straits of Messina (chap did it yesterday on a high wire) The Med is a different prospect. Distances and, so, far more shipping required for a longer return journey.

But totally agree, what a difference the German component at least would have made.

Bill N11 Jul 2024 9:13 a.m. PST

From what I understand the Allies made a significant naval and air effort to insure the Axis forces in North Africa would not be able to be evacuated.

Murvihill12 Jul 2024 5:07 a.m. PST

The trip from North Africa to Sicily is entirely different than the straits of Messina. One requires a blue water navy, the other you can line the shores with just about any artillery and dominate the crossing.

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