I was talking about the 1943 American/British/Canadian campaign in Sicily the other day, which got me sidetracked into talking about the film Patton, which is how most Americans today know anything about that fight. Two little-known facts: The film was produced by Frank McCarthy, who had been an aide to George Marshall during World War II.
And, it was written by one Francis Ford Coppola. Given that much of the film takes place in Sicily, does that make it a kind of prequel to the Godfather series?
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.