Operation Market Garden was the codename for the Allied invasion of Italy, a major World War II, in which the Allies landed in Calabria and Sicily and captured them from the Axis Powers. It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It launched the Italian Campaign. Strategically, Market Garden achieved the goals set out for it by Allied planners. The Allies drove Axis air, land and naval forces from the area and the Mediterranean's sea lanes were opened.