The Allied air effort in the Med. is concentrated against the ports in Sicily.
This doesn't matter to me, and is in fact welcome because I don't want supplies even going to Sicily. If the Germans get greedy and try to hold too long it is a certain death trap, and I need to shut down Messina (priority 0) to ensure supplies flow to Sardinia.
The lack of Allied naval patrol executed during the Axis turn means he doesn't intend to protect his shipping at all. In response to this the Luftwaffe will be extra aggressive in confronting the Allied fleets. As we get into '44 Allied air dominance will make the Luftwaffe's level bombers much less useful. At which point I intend to transition them to the Eastern Front.
TF 545 brings the XIII Corps directly into Siracusa, routing the Italian 121st Coastal Rgt.
The British either had a para battalion come down at sea, or I think inside the city, and defeated, but the battle icon didn't display, just the battle result flashing when I started my turn and a Br airborne battalion showing destroyed.
TF 81 drops the US 1st Inf Div at Gela, with the 3/82nd Airborne on their east flank.
6615 Ranger Rgt on their western flank link beaches with the US 3rd Inf Div, disembarking on Licata.
For some reason an American armored division is floating off the coast of Sciacca, with a British HQ south of it.
We concentrated our naval patrols on the northern most ships, but these units are floating at sea in contested waters.
Additionally, a French Mtn Div and British HQ are sitting offshore of the airfield at Scalea.
In the Gulf of Taranto come reports of an American HQ (assumed based on the number of visible aerials on flagship) and some British flagged vessels.
Schmalz PzG Bde immediately moves toward the Americans in Gela, linking up with the Hermann Goering Pzr Div to attack the 1st US Inf Div.
The rapid response not only catches Bradley (II US Corps) off guard, it surprises Guzzoni (6th Ital Army) as well. He begrudgingly commits the 4th 'Livorno' Ital Mot Div to the assault.
Despite the presence of Task Force 81 off the coast the Americans flee.
The panzers drive to the edge of the beaches as the infantry retreat to the positions inland secured by the All Americans.
15th PzG Div joins the 26th 'Assietta' Ital Inf Div and the 177th Ital Beragieri Rgt in trying to punt the Americans other beachhead at Licata.
Guzzoni is unable to take advantage of the panzers and Bradley rallies to avoid a second defeat.
The Italians otherwise move forward toward the Allied beachheads. If we're lucky we can keep the Americans isolated and capture them next week, but we don't expect to hold against Allied firepower. Instead this move really is intended to affect our adversary psychologically, as they must respond to prevent a catastrophe, even as they try to continue asserting their own plans.