Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jul

11

1943

General George S. Patton arrives on Sicily

Men of the 6th Durham Light Infantry chat with an American paratrooper in Avola, 11 July 1943.

While we were on the beach at Gela, waiting for a boat to take us out to the Monrovia, I saw the most stupid thing I have ever seen soldiers do. There were about three hundred 500-pound bombs and seven tons of 20 mm. high-explosive shell piled on the sand, and, in between the bombs and boxes of ammunition, these soldiers were digging foxholes. I told them that if they wanted to save the Graves Registration burials that was a fine thing to do, but otherwise, they’d better dig somewhere else.