Sicily 80: a tour of the battlefields

Thu, 27 July 2023 7pm

2023 marks the 80th anniversary of Operation Husky; the invasion of Sicily. In this Museum Talk, Steve Erskine explores the role of the regiment’s soldiers in the action of the summer of 1943.

Having just returned from the official anniversary commemorations he’ll share his experiences of his visit to the battlefields and his observations of the memorialisation of what happened there 80 years ago.

Tickets: £5

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About your speaker…

researcher Steve ErskineSteve Erskine has been connected to the museum for more than 20 years; starting as a volunteer, then working as Assistant Curator and is currently the museum’s Researcher.  His research achievements include helping identify the remains of a soldier, Pte Henry Parker, found on the Somme battlefield.

Steve has a number of research credits in the work of others including A Delicate Affair – How America learned to fight a modern war on the Woëvre front. Terrance J. Finnegan (2015); Somme – Into the Breach. Hugh Sebag-Montefiori (2016); Bulfin – Ireland’s forgotten General. Brigadier John Powell (2018) and Zero Hour, Z day: XV Corps operations between Mametz and Fricourt – Volume 2. Jonathan Porter (2020). Steve is an experienced battlefield guide having conducted tours of the Dunkirk, Normandy, the Somme and Ypres battlefields.

He is currently working on a regimental perspective of the Sicily landings and how they influenced the later Green Howard landings on Gold Beach on 6 June, 1944. Steve attended the official commemoration of the invasion of Sicily, speaking at the Sicily 1943: Peace, Security and Prosperity Conference in Catania on 8 July 2023.

Type of event: Museum talk