British battleship bombards Catania

Object Title

British battleship bombards Catania

British battleship bombards Catania




BEN 155



Scope and Content

Picture series taken by an official naval photographer on July 17th, when a British Battleship, answering a call from the Army, hurled tons of shells from a range varying between 15000 and 11000 yards at enemy troops still holding out at Catania; Sicily. At the same time destroyers engaged shore batteries from a still closer range and although our ships were attacked after from the air we suffered no casualties or damage. Three Focke Wulf 190s which flew over during the bombardment were greeted by such intense AA fire that one of the German pilots was heard to say over his radio "Let's go home now". Picture shows: Destroyers attacking a submarine with depth charges while the bombardment was in progress. Picture issued August 1943.

Numbered A.18490 (WK).


1 photograph

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Open access

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Crown Copyright


Creator(s) Admiralty


  BEN 155 - British battleship bombards Catania