The murder of Carlo Tresca: Carmine Galante, Frank Garofalo and the Allied invasion of Sicily

In early 1943, a radical Italian-American publisher named Carlo Tresca was murdered in New York. Having left the Manhattan offices of his newspaper, Il Martello (“The Hammer”) for the day, Tresca was shot dead while crossing Fifth Avenue. Shortly before his death, Tresca had directed his editorials against former supporters of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime, who had began to back participation in World War Two only after the Japanese attacks at Pearl Harbour. These included Generoso Pope Sr, a…