operation shingle

In the foreground is a British Sherman tank (T-14?020) of the 23rd Armoured Brigade driving down the ramp of an unidentified LCT (Landing Craft Tank).

To the right is the stern view of LCT(5)-152 withdrawing from the beachhead at Anzio, during ‘Operation Shingle’, 22 January 1944.

'Operation Shingle’ is the name given to an amphibious landing by the Allies in Italy during World War II. It took place on January 22, 1944, under the command of United States Major General John P. Lucas. The object, which was successfully achieved, was to land sufficient forces to outflank the Germans along the Winter Line and set up an assault on Rome itself. The fighting which resulted after the landing is usually referred to as the Battle of Anzio.

(Photo source © IWM NA 11035)
Sgt. Dawson, No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

Grampa Al’s youngest brother was killed in Anzio during the ill-advised Operation Shingle. The landing was a success, but instead of taking advantage of the element of surprise as Lieutenant General Mark Clark planned, the commanding officer American Major General John P. Lucas  foolishly took the time to entrench against an expected counter-attack.  This allowed the Germans time to gather themselves, resulting in many more causalities.   My uncle was only 19 years old, and all four of his older brothers had served or were currently serving.