Operation Goblet

This was an Allied unrealised plan for a landing at Crotone (on the ‘sole’ of the Italian ‘foot’) in the event that the Allied advance through Calabria by Major General G. G. Simonds’s Canadian 1st Division of Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese’s British XIII Corps of General Sir Bernard Montgomery’s British 8th Army was checked by Generaloberst Heinrich-Gottfried von Vietinghoff-Scheel’s 10th Army (September 1943).

The plan was developed at the instigation of General George C. Marshall, US Army chief-of-staff, and the detailed planning was allocated by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commanding the Allied forces in the Mediterranean theatre, to Lieutenant General C. W. Allfrey’s British V Corps, which could call on Major General W. E. Clutterbuck’s 1st Division, Major General H. J. Hayman-Joyce’s 4th Division and Major General V. Evelegh’s 78th Division as well as Major General Matthew B. Ridgway’s US 82nd Airborne Division.

The landing was designed to aid the advance of the XIII Corps after 'Baytown' and to provide fighter bases for the support of further offensive moves in southern Italy, but was cancelled on 4 September.