Operation Husky Case Study

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During Operation Husky, the Allies arguably achieved their operational objectives but failed to fully capitalize on the opportunities provided through the effective use of joint functions. This was most evident regarding command and control as well as the overall lack of integration of many of the remaining joint functions. The invasion of Sicily by the Allies was one of the largest and complex combined operations in WWII. Most historians posit that the operation was an Allied victory. Others argue that the Allies lacked clear strategic objectives and failed to establish effective command relationships. This consequently contributed to incomplete integration of our joint functions at the operational level. By evaluating command and control along with the partially successful integration of…show more content…
Ultimately, trust “informs the execution” of commander’s intent. This issue was most obvious with the British distrust of the American’s ability to wage war. Both Alexander and Montgomery felt that the US was inferior and relegated Patton to missions of support or lesser importance. This lack of trust resulted in lost opportunities. Patton’s 7th Army had seized an avenue of approach and was effectively advancing against the Axis, but was subsequently ordered to halt its advance and provide support for the Eighth Army. This action allowed the German’s to reinforce their lines, focus their attention on the Eighth Army, and ultimately begin their successful retrograde and evacuation operations from Sicily. The final key attribute associated with successful mission command is that of understanding. Understanding allows leaders to make solid decisions while managing associated risks and considering second and third order effects. Understanding can be further described as a “common visualization of the problem” and is key to informing commander’s intent. In order to
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