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Today in World War II History—July 10, 1943

Map of final landing plan for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, 10 July 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of final landing plan for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, 10 July 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

US Seventh Army landing at Gela, Sicily, 10 July 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

US Seventh Army landing at Gela, Sicily, 10 July 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—July 10, 1943: Operation Husky: Allies invade Sicily. US Seventh Army lands at and takes Gela, Scoglitti, and Licata, while British Eighth Army lands at and takes Syracuse. US first uses DUKW amphibious vehicles in combat in Husky landings. US Navy first uses a General Communications ship (USS Ancon) to coordinate ship-to-shore communications.

Joint Operations Room aboard general communications ship USS Ancon, Oran, Algeria, 3 Jul 1943 (US National Archives)

Joint Operations Room aboard general communications ship USS Ancon, Oran, Algeria, 3 Jul 1943 (US National Archives)