Sicily ’43 : The Assault on Fortress Europe

Sun 27 Sep

Sunday, 27 September 2020

6.00pm - 7.00pm

In Conversation | In Venue & Online

Sicily ’43 : The Assault on Fortress Europe

Join bestselling historian James Holland as he provides a new perspective on Operation Husky and the Battle for Sicily.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Sicily '43


Historian James Holland will be sharing his extensive new research into the Allied campaign for Sicily which signalled the beginning of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Codenamed Operation Husky, the Allied assault on Sicily on 20 July 1943 remains the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted. That day, over 160,000 British, American and Canadian troops were dropped from the sky or came ashore.

The subsequent Battle for Sicily lasted for 38 days and involved deals with the mafia, daring raids by special forces, assaults up sheer faces of rock, and attacks across mosquito-infested plains. It was a brutal campaign that spelled the end of the road for Italy’s participation in the Second World War.

James Holland is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed historian, writer and broadcaster. Sicily ’43 is the latest in a line of bestselling histories including Burma ’44, Normandy ’44 and Dam Busters. James co-founded the Chalke Valley History Festival and, an online Second World War resource site. He presents the Chalke Valley History Hit podcast and We Have Ways of Making You Talk, a weekly podcast with Al Murray.

A copy of James Holland’s book Sicily ‘43 can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase at the National Army Museum on the day of the event or via a link on the virtual event page.

Date & time

Sunday, 27 September 2020
6.00pm - 7.00pm


Foyle Centre
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT


Online: FREE

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