Attacking Ortona - CBC News Archive


A full year before the D-Day landings in Normandy, there were the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy. Canada played a major role in the Allies' first breach of Hitler's "Fortress Europe" in 1943 and 1944. Canadian soldiers defeated entrenched German forces but paid a terrible price. Seaside towns and mountain passes became places of horror: Ortona, Cassino, Rimini. But with the events of D-Day and the Allied push across Europe, the Italian Campaign became a forgotten front, a deadly sideshow that cost nearly 6,000 Canadian lives. Sixty years later, their bravery is remembered. Link: Listen on the CBC Archives

Medium: Radio Program: CBC Radio News Broadcast Date: Dec. 24, 1943 Guest(s): Donald McLellan Reporter: Matthew Halton Duration: 4:36

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