This month marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily, known as Operation Husky. Seen as a turning point in World War II, this may not have been possible without the help of an unlikely source — the mafia. Italian-American dockworkers who lived and operated in the area were examined, Newark said, but officials struggled to make progress. The U.S. government asked Luciano for help because he knew his influence and contacts around the docks. The deal became known as Operation Underworld, after luciano ordered his henchmen to be looking for suspicious activity. In return, Luciano made a deal to commute his sentence. But the mafia`s contributions to the war effort do not end there. Luciano recruited a number of his collaborators to draw maps and dig pictures of the Sicilian coast to prepare for the Allied invasion of Sicily, also known as Operation Husky, in 1943. The patron of the crowd, Vito Genovese, offered his services as an interpreter and advisor to the American armed forces in Naples, and several other mafias offered contacts in Sicily to support the Allied cause. Lanza had to be careful. The hoodie was currently on trial for extortion.
Only a meeting with a naval officer and a member of the district attorney`s office could win a pair of cement shoes and a one-way ticket to the bottom of the East River. But the recordings seem to suggest something else. The 1954 Herlands Report, commissioned by Thomas Dewey, then governor of New York, and commissioned by the State Commissioner for Investigations William Herlands, credits Luciano with recruiting “numerous” informants supporting the Sicilian campaign. The Navy`s director of intelligence, Rear Admiral Carl Espe, later recalled: “The outcome of the war seemed extremely serious. In addition, the greatest concern has been the possibility of sabotage in the ports. It was necessary to use all possible means to prevent and prevent sabotage… Someone on the docks fed the Nazis information, and only the mob had the power to hunt down the culprit. In the early months of 1942, German submarines pushed the Allied power lines to breaking point. In January, Axis submarines claimed more than 20 Allied ships, including an oil tanker just 60 miles off the coast of Long Island. How could German submarines operate for such long distances along the country`s coast? The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) justified this decision by the fact that U.S.
fishing vessels were delivering these ruined subs somewhere off the coast of Long Island. But why? But Luciano`s help may have gone beyond the state Intel. Some historians believe that Luciano supported the Allies in their campaign for the recapture of Sicily, known as Operation Husky, in 1943, and provided photos of the coasts and the names of the patrons of the crowd on the island. According to historian Tim Newark, author of “Mafia at War” and “Boardwalk Gangster: The Real Lucky Luciano,” the U.S. government had long feared that immigrants from the Axis powers posed and posed a threat to national security, and many believed that the ship`s sinking was an act of sabotage. Luciano`s relationship with the U.S. government dates back to the early years of World War II. In December 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and America was drawn to war.