I started this website in 2015 to accompany the research I have been doing for my book “Feat of Arms“, which focuses on the invasion of Sicily on 9/10 July 1943 in the Syracuse area, in particular the glider assault codenamed Operation Ladbroke.
During my research I have come across many fascinating places, documents, photographs and stories. Some will feature in the book, but many will have to be excluded or only partially covered, simply on the grounds of sheer quantity.
So this website is a home for many of these stories.
It has also been a privilege and a pleasure to meet veterans, their families, and other historians. The articles that appear here are a way of giving them back something without their having to wait for the book.
It is particularly rewarding when I can help families find out more about relatives who fought in Operation Ladbroke and the battle for Syracuse. Do ask.