The Sicily Campaign: Recollections of an Infantry Company Commander, July-August 1943
Garland, Albert N., Infantry
The Sicily Campaign: Recollections of an Infantry Company Commander, July-August 1943. By Major General (Retired) Albert H. Smith, Jr., USA. Society of the First Infantry Division, 2001. 291 Pages. $21.50, Softbound. Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Albert N. Garland, U.S. Army, Retired.
The author, who served with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division throughout World War II, has had a long-standing and personal interest in the Sicily campaign, Operation Husky, an oft-forgotten Allied military operation of the war.
This is understandable, considering that he commanded a rifle company (Company L, 3d Battalion) of the 16th Infantry in Sicily and gave us his earlier recollections in a two-part article published in 1993 in Infantry Magazine. (Both parts are reproduced in this book.)
He has done a fine job in taking material from a variety of sources and presenting it in a well-thought-out and well-designed final product that recalls for all of his readers, and particularly for past and present members of the 1st Division, the outstanding role that division played in the campaign from its initial landings in early July 1943 to the end in mid-August of the same year. …