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Salerno - Italian Campaign 1943

The Allied Invasion of Italy was the Alliedlanding on mainland Italy on 3 September 1943, by General Harold Alexander's 15th Army Group(comprising Lieutenant General Mark Clark's US Fifth Army and General Bernard Montgomery's British Eighth Army. The operation followed the successful invasion of Sicily during the Italian Campaign. The main invasion force landed around Salerno on the western coast in Operation Avalanche, while two supporting operations took place in Calabria (Operation Baytown) and Taranto (Operation Slapstick). 

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BHC 000182 Briefing on board ship

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US officers and troops discuss last minute details of their job in the invasion aboard a Coast Guard manned combat transport sailing for the Italian mainland. Coast guardsmen manning landing craft recieved ...

BHC 000182 Briefing on board ship

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BHC 000183 Captured Italian flag

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US soldiers pose with a surrendered Italian flag for a Coast Guard photographer at a villa a few miles from the beach at Paestum, Italy. An Italian soldier is shown at the extreme right. Coast guardsmen ...

BHC 000183 Captured Italian flag

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BHC 000184 US soldiers and Italian civilians

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Invading American Coast Guardsmen and soldiers make friends with an Italian family near the beach at Paestum. The Americans from left to right are: Coast Guardsmen Phillip B Kearney from West Lake Village, ...

BHC 000184 US soldiers and Italian civilians

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BHC 000185 US soldiers prepare to load LCIs

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US soldiers invading Italy line the rail of a coast guard manned combat transport waiting for their turn to clamber down the side into the landing boats that will take then ashore. This picture was taken ...

BHC 000185 US soldiers prepare to load LCIs

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BHC 000186 US soldiers under fire

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US coast guardsmen and Navy beach battalion men are shown hugging the shaking beach at Paesternum just south of Salerno as a German bomber unloads on them. In the background of the picture -one of the ...

BHC 000186 US soldiers under fire

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BHC 000187 LST unloads its cargo

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First photos of an LST (Landing Ship Tank) during unloading operations, released by the Coast Guard shows the massive doors of a giant Coast Guard manned LST swung open wide. Over this ramp rolled the ...

BHC 000187 LST unloads its cargo

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BHC 000188 LST unloading

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Through the gaping doors of landing craft motorised invasion equipment hurriedly rolls ashore at Paestrum twenty miles south of Salerno as US coast guard navy and army personnel get the highly coordinated ...

BHC 000188 LST unloading

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BHC 000189 DUWKs unloading

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The open doors of an LST at Paestum South of Salerno showing bulldozers, amphibious DUWK trucks and other heavy equipment being unloaded. The opening bow doors are probably the most revolutionary development ...

BHC 000189 DUWKs unloading

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BHC 000190 Coastguard aiding US soldiers

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Swiming through a rough surf swept by machinegun and mortar fire Coast Guardsmen Gene Oxley of Indianapolis Ind, wraps the end of a guide line around his middle and served as a human anchor in the midst ...

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BHC 000191 US jeep hits land mine

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American jeep hits a land mine on the beach at Salerno a soldier and a Navy beach party man are shown working together.

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BHC 000192 LST disembarking payload

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The bow of the LST in this Coast Guard photo (the first to be released of an LST in actual unloading operations) opens to disembark its payload. Coast Guard and Navy crews rammed the great ships up on ...

BHC 000192 LST disembarking payload

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BHC 000193 US destroyer salvo

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US destroyer unloads a salvo at German soldiers prior to the invasion.

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BHC 000194 LST unloading at Salerno

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LST unloading at Salerno.

BHC 000194 LST unloading at Salerno

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BHC 000195 US troops and wounded

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US troops on route to join the battle for Salerno pass a wounded comrade returning on a stretcher.

BHC 000195 US troops and wounded

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BHC 000196 143 Infantry Regiment

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Combat Team of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, on shore at Salerno after leaving invasion boats. Salerno Landings (Operation Avalanche) 9 September 1943, taken 9 Sept 43.

BHC 000196 143 Infantry Regiment

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BHC 000197 143 Infantry Regiment coming ashore

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Combat Team of the 143rd Infantry Regiment on invasion boats, ready to dash onto the beach and ashore. Salerno Landings (Operation Avalanche) 9 September 1943 taken on 9 Sept 43.

BHC 000197 143 Infantry Regiment coming ashore

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BHC 000198 143 Infantry Regiment ashore

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The 143rd Infantry Regimental Combat Team on invasion boats dashing onto the beach and ashore, on D Day. Salerno Landings (Operation Avalanche) 9 September 1943 taken 9 Sept 43.

BHC 000198 143 Infantry Regiment ashore

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BHC 000199 143 Infantry Regiment ashore

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143rd Regimental Combat Team, on the beach at Salerno, Salerno Landings (Operation Avalanche) 9 September 1943 taken 9 Sept 43.

BHC 000199 143 Infantry Regiment ashore

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BHC 000314 Troops coming ashore at Salerno

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143rd Regimental Combat team dashing onto the beach and ashore on D Day, Salerno Landings (Operation Avalanche) 9 September 1943 taken 9 Sept 43

BHC 000314 Troops coming ashore at Salerno

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BHC 000315 Anti Aircraft Battery

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Anti aircraft setting up 40mm gun Italy 9 Sep 1943 630th AA Battery D.

BHC 000315 Anti Aircraft Battery

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