Date with History
The 1st Division and Operation Husky: The Invasion of Sicily
Visitors Center Theater
Monday, December 4, 7 pm
Free event, no parking fee
Join us for a program about the 1st Infantry Division’s role in Operation Husky, the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily during World War II. Steve Fixler will explain how the Big Red One prepared for this critical mission, including its seaborne landing, combat operations and movement through Sicily, helping drive Axis air, land and naval forces from the island. Operation Husky was the largest amphibious invasion of the war to that point and served as the template for the landings at Normandy one year later.
About the Speaker: Steve Fixler enlisted in 1979 in the U.S. Army as an Armor Crewman, Tanker. He left the Army in 1983 as a Sergeant and returned to Illinois. From 1983-1987, he served in the Illinois Army National Guard and went to Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and to Loyola University of Chicago for ROTC. He received his commission in the ILANG in 1985 and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1987. He then rejoined the U.S. Army on active duty as an Armor Officer and took on a variety of assignments before retiring in 2004 as a Major. He is currently the Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County.
About Date with History
The First Division Museum’s Date with History series, now in its 16th year, features presentations by authors, historians, documentarians, and veterans on a variety of military history topics. Visit Cantigny or attend online to connect with these experts in a lecture and Q&A format.