The following week still no sign of General Patton. Not sure where the remainder of 7th Army has been assigned, but 3rd US Inf Div is feeling mighty lonely...
The British push east, not even attempting the defenses at Catania. Hube sends a brigade of Italian infantry who scout all the way to the British beaches and find another infantry division unloading. They return back to their lines after a brief skirmish to let the British know they're not alone on the island.
The Americans grow restless and decide to engage the defenders of Agrigento. A lone U.S. Inf division, without even attached support squads, finds itself unprepared to storm the Italian breastworks, especially when German mechanized forces are reported. Bradley calls off the attack, but is now dangerously alone, 10 miles from the beaches and no longer under warm blanket of naval gunfire.
Hube recognizes the opportunity, and presses 2/Hermann Goering Pz Div and 2/15th PzG Div into a flanking maneuver to isolate the Americans. Tigers roam the beaches, blasting apart the depots and scattering ordinance officers and supply clerks with bursts of machine gun fire.
This isn't a picnic. You can't just hop off a boat and waltz into Palermo like you own the joint. You have to have supporting arms. Attached to your units when assaulting, and attached to your HQs (who need to be on the ground with you to provide SUs). Don't neglect your flanks. These German mech units are no joke, and they can cover some ground, especially if you have no ZOC to slow them down.
3rd US Inf Div is now encircled by Italian and German forces. It won't have the strength to break this encirclement, and the British are simply too far away to march to the rescue.