The 8th British Army and the 5th US Army landed on Sicily on July 9, 1943. It was the first footsteps of the African continent in the direction of Europe. General Patton was selected to lead the secondary attack on the left flank, around General Montgomery and beat the British to Messina. On 25 July, the King Emanuele overthrew Mussolini and tried to make an armistice with the Allies. The Germans rescued Mussolini from prison and set him up as a puppet leader over a new Republic. Once Sicily was taken it gave the allies the ideal spring board to invade the mainland of Europe.