Battle of Ortona

Canadian Soldiers at Ortona-December 1943
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Ortona - Troops from The Loyal Edmonton Regiment shelter in a ravaged building while getting grenades ready for throwing.

Ortona - Troops from The Loyal Edmonton Regiment shelter in a ravaged building while getting grenades ready for throwing.

Ortona - An unidentified member of the West Nova Scotia Regiment firing a PIAT anti-tank weapon.

Ortona - An unidentified member of the West Nova Scotia Regiment firing a PIAT anti-tank weapon.

The ruins of Ortona, Italy, after liberation from the German army by Canadian forces, December 1943. ( Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.)

The ruins of Ortona, Italy, after liberation from the German army by Canadian forces, December ( Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Fallen Fallshirmjager, battle of Ortona (Italy), december 1943, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Fallen Fallshirmjager, battle of Ortona (Italy), december pin by Paolo Marzioli

Ortona - An unidentified gunner of the Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) laying down harrassing fire with a Vickers machine gun. January 7, 1944. Ortona, Italy (vicinity).

Ortona - An unidentified gunner of the Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.) laying down harrassing fire with a Vickers machine gun.

Ortona - The team from The Loyal Edmonton Regiment who dug out Lance Corporal Boyd.

Ortona - The team from The Loyal Edmonton Regiment who dug out Lance Corporal Boyd.

In early 1944, Canada reinforced its commitment in Italy and organized its forces there into I Canadian Corps. In May, the Canadians broke the ‘Hitler Line’ defences south of Rome and later that summer pierced the heavily-defended ‘Gothic Line’ fortifications further north. In February 1945, I Canadian Corps transferred to Northwest Europe. More than 92,000 Canadians served in Italy at a cost of 26,000 casualties, including more than 5300 dead.

The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. The Italian Campaign. Canadian forces participated from the beginning in the Allied campaign in Italy.

Canadian Bren Soldier Private H.

Goddard of The Perth Regiment, Canadian Army, carrying a Bren gun while advancing through a forest north of Arnhem, Netherlands, April Photograph by Captain Jack H.

Signore Tomasso, an Italian barber, cuts the hair of Private R.J. Tims, Ortona, Italy, 10 January 1944.

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The Moro Valley - Burial service of Canadian soldier killed by shell-fire. San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy. December 10, 1943.

Burial service for a Canadian soldier killed by shell-fire, San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December

Ortona - Many civilians had stayed in the town throughout the fighting, despite warnings from the Germans to leave. With the end of combat   they began emerging from hiding.

Ortona - Many civilians had stayed in the town throughout the fighting, despite warnings from the Germans to leave. With the end of combat they began emerging from hiding.

Ortona - During the fighting at Ortona, a Canadian truck burns after being set on fire by German mortar fire.

During the fighting at Ortona, a Canadian truck burns after being set on fire by German mortar fire.

Ortona, Italy WW2. Painted by Charles Comfort.   PPCLI ♥             0261-2308

Via Dolorosa, Ortona, Charles Comfort, Canadian War Museum,

Ortona - The ruins could hide snipers or heavier weapons. The rubble could stop a tank. Boobytraps and mines could be anywhere. (This   photograph was taken after the fighting at Ortona had ended.)

Ortona - The ruins could hide snipers or heavier weapons. The rubble could stop a tank. Boobytraps and mines could be anywhere. (This photograph was taken after the fighting at Ortona had ended.

Ortona - Stretcher bearers evacuating casualties from 'A' Company Headquarters, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (P.P.C.L.I.).

Ortona - Stretcher bearers evacuating casualties from 'A' Company Headquarters, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (P.

WW2 No 18 British Wireless Radio set.  Infantrymen of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment operating a No. 18 wireless set outside Regimental Headquarters, Ortona, Italy, December 21, 1943

No 18 British Wireless Radio set. Infantrymen of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment operating a No. 18 wireless set outside Regimental Headquarters, Ortona, Italy, December 1943

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