The War Illustrated No 161 Vol 7 August 20th 1943

Approach to the 6 Bottle-neck’—Key to the Plain Soon after M lillie fell, on July 15, the Royal Army Medical Corps, who had been with the forward troops, overtook suitable buildings as hospitals and parked their ambulances in the main square in the shadow of the undamaged Church of St. Sebastian, while British in­fantry armand oured units passed on. I'hotos, British Official: Crotch Copyright PAGE 165 A BREN CARRIER (above) passes through the hilly Sicilian countryside of Palaz- zolo (see map p.in 133), which was occupied by Canadian units of the 8th Arm yon July 13,1943. The town stands astride the only rail­way and road to the west from the port of Syracuse, which fell three days earlier. Thus was closed one of the avenues through which the enemy might have sent forces for the relief of the port— the capture of which, with its harb our facilities undamaged, was one of the outstanding gains of the first days of the invasion. Success in this area enabled the 8th Army to press onto the town of M elilli (right) and thence through the Lentini “bottle-neck ”to the Plain of C atania.
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