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Freedom Is Not Free
Last month we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy.  This month we want to highlight the first large scale invasion of Europe that began almost a year before with the invasion of Sicilty in July 1943.  The Allied invasion was codenamed Operation Husky.  It began with a large amphibious and airborne operation, followed by a six-week land campaign, and initiated the Italian Campaign.
 
Husky began on the night of 9–10 July 1943, and ended on 17 August. Strategically, Husky achieved the goals set out for it by Allied planners; the Allies drove Axis air, land and naval forces from the island and the Mediterranean sea lanes were opened for Allied merchant ships for the first time since 1941.
 
While the picture of Lieutenenat General George S. Patton may be familiar, the deception aspects of Operation Husky are probably not as well known.  To distract the Axis leaders, and if possible divert some of their forces to other areas, the Allies engaged in several deception operations.  The most famous and successful of these was Operation Mincemeat.  The British allowed a corpse, disguised as a British Royal Marines officer, to drift ashore in Spain carrying a briefcase containing fake secret documents.  The documents purported to reveal that the Allies were planning "Operation Brimstone" and that an "Operation Husky" was an invasion of Greece.  German intelligence and even Adolf Hitler himself, accepted the authenticity of the documents and the Germans diverted much of their defensive effort from Sicily to Greece.
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