Why Did The Allies Achieve Their Operational Objectives

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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 fires as well as movement and maneuver, it is clear why the Allies only attained mediocre results. Operation Husky ultimately provided an outstanding learning opportunity which underscored the…show more content…
It is evident that the results could have been much more impressive and lopsided if they truly leveraged the benefits afforded by joint function integration. The Allies failed to embrace all three tenets associated with successful mission command. Shortcomings were inevitable as commander’s intent, understanding and trust were never fully established. The Allies were able to integrate the joint functions of fires and movement and maneuver especially between land and naval entities. However, air force integration left much to be desired. An opportunity was missed to destroy an entire Axis Army who was able to escape and ultimately extend the War. The aforementioned failures did provide valuable joint operational lessons for the Allies as they proceeded towards Italy and the ultimate invasion of

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