Hello mates, Im currently illustrating a ww2 comic book which will be a seven part series when im done.I have finished 2 volumes so far dealing with north africa and sicily. I really want to get all our facts straight and all the little details historically accurate, i do my fair bit of research but i always feel that im missing something...hopefully you guys can help me out.ok so here it goes so far...
volume 3 takes place august,september 1943 in salerno and naples.
question 1: did the us 7th army have any down time to check out the cities or go to a cafe.
question 2: how did the itallian people treat them?
question 3:anyone have anygood pics of civillian life at the time?
question 4: was life somewhat normal at this time for the civillians or were they completely war torn?
ill prob have more questions as i go...hope im not asking to much but id greatly appreciate your time... heres a few page samples from vol 1 and 2
oh yeah its entitled liberation sea
thanks Dave Norton
The U.S. forces that landed at Salerno were the Fifth Army, not the Seventh (Seventh was on Sicily but not on the Italian mainland). Note this force included British X Corps with the 46th and 56th Infantry Divisions. The battle itself lasted about a week. U.S. forces were the VI Corps with the 36th and 45th Infantry Divisions, later reinforced by the 82nd Airborne Division.
There wasn't (much if any) down time at Salerno. The invasion almost failed because of German counter-attacks; at one point, the 82nd Airborne Division had to airdrop into the Salerno area to reinforce the beachhead and break up German counter-attacks. Individual soldiers probably liberated an occasional wine cellar, though ...
On Naples, Wiki mentions: "During World War II
, Naples was the first Italian city to rise up against the Nazi
military occupation; between September 28 and October 1, 1943 the people of the city rose up and pushed the Germans out, in what became known as the "four days of Naples
". By the time the Anglo-American forces arrived downtown, they found Naples already free, and continued on instead towards Rome."
The question of civilian conditions -- variable. It depended if the Allies had to fight for a locality or not, if it had been bombed or not, etc. I think it a fair guess that most places near Salerno got hit pretty hard because of the heavy fighting in the area.
Pics -- try a Google image search on "Naples 1943". One example is http://pro.corbis.co...9-10F0C33A6D8E}
-- the people look pretty happy, even looks like a couple of Italian Army soldiers there who have unofficially joined the Allied side. Less happy is http://www.45thdivis...a/wreckage4.jpg
, showing wreckage of the dockyards in Naples.
If you're depicting the actions of a particular unit, this map might help: http://en.wikipedia...._09_11_2400.jpg