Operation Priceless

This was the Allied overall designation of plans for the invasion of the Italian mainland after the ‘Husky’ (i) capture of Sicily (spring/summer 1943).

The term was used in high command planning for the strategic objectives of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces in North Africa, working through General the Hon. Sir Harold Alexander’s Allied 15th Army Group. The raw concept was developed in ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Baytown’ (i), which were undertaken respectively by Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark’s US 5th Army and General Sir Bernard Montgomery’s British 8th Army.