The Function Of Operation Husky's Joint Strategy

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Operation Husky suffered from command and control problems affecting all aspects of joint function from its planning to its conclusion. Operation Husky was the most complex joint undertaking the Allied forces executed up until that point in WWII. While Allied forces fought together in North Africa, Operation Husky involved the largest amphibious operation to date. Complicating this were opposing viewpoints of American and British leadership, with American leaders advocating for an early cross-channel invasion and British leaders in favor of striking softer targets in order to force Italy out of the war. Eventually, Prime Minister Churchill triumphed and planning for the invasion of Sicily began in earnest. This essay examines three aspects of joint function that affected the course of Operation Husky. First, command and control is examined by the three components of intent, mutual trust, and understanding. Next, is the role intelligence played during the execution of Operation Husky Movement and maneuver is the third joint function examined. Finally, the three joint functions are combined to demonstrate lessons the Allies learned that improved joint operations that contributed to a successful cross-channel invasion. The effectiveness of command and control is measured against the execution of three aspects of this function, including the commander’s intent, mutual trust, and understanding. To evaluate these, it is important to understand the command structure of Operation

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