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Seizing Sicily (July 1943 - August 1943)

Seizing Sicily (July 1943 - August 1943)

The Allied invasion of Sicily, code named Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It launched the Italian Campaign.

Husky began on the night of July 9th-10th, 1943, and ended August 17th. Strategically, Husky achieved the goals set out for it by Allied planners. The Allies drove Axis air and naval forces from the island; the Mediterranean's sea lanes were opened and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was toppled from power. It opened the way to the Allied invasion of Italy.

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RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB Fighter - Tropical, No. 601 Squadron, Lentini West, 1943 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB Fighter - Tropical, No. 601 Squadron, Lentini West, Sicily, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. Although less numerous than the Hawker Hurricane, it is remembered as the sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was among the fastest and most maneuverable prop-driven fighters of World War II, serving in virtually every combat theater.

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Italian Junkers Ju-87R-2 Picchiatello Stuka Dive-Bomber - Capitano Raul Zucconi, 208a Squadriglia, 101 Gruppo, Sicily, June 1941 Italian Junkers Ju-87R-2 "Picchiatello" Stuka Dive-Bomber - Capitano Raul Zucconi, 208a Squadriglia, 101 Gruppo, Sicily, June 1941 (1:72 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 9/Sturzkampfgeschwader 51, Norrent-Fontes, France, August 1940 German Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - 9/Sturzkampfgeschwader 51, Norrent-Fontes, France, August 1940 (1:72 Scale)

During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.

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German Heinkel He 111 H-5 Medium Bomber with 1000kg Herman Bomb - A1+AH 1./Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor, 1942-43 German Heinkel He 111 H-5 Medium Bomber with 1000kg Herman Bomb - A1+AH 1./Kampfgeschwader 53 'Legion Condor', 1942-'43 (1:72 Scale)

When World War I ended, the German Air Force was disbanded under the Treaty of Versailles, which required the German government to abandon all military aviation by October 1st, 1919.

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