Embarking on Operation Baytown 1943
Embarking on Operation Baytown in 1943.
Operation Baytown on 3 September 1943 was a part of the Allied invasion of Italy during World War II.
The attack was made by XIII Corps (United Kingdom) British XIII Corps, part of part of the Eighth Army (United Kingdom)British Eighth Army of General Bernard Law Montgomery. XIII Corps crossed the Straits of Messina from Sicily to Reggio di Calabria, covered by a heavy artillery barrage from Sicily.
The intent was to tie down German forces in the area and gain an Allied a foothold at the 'toe' of Italy. Montgomery had objected to Baytown as ineffective, but carried it out anyway.