Italy (Misc.) - Canadian mortar troops fire in the vicinity of the Sangro River as part of Montgomery's renewed offensive.

Canadian mortar troops fire in the vicinity of the Sangro River as part of Montgomery's renewed offensive.

Canadian troops in Ortona, Italy, December 1943 (National Archives of Canada). On 28 December, the Canadians take Ortona after fierce house-to-house fighting.

Troops of Canadian Loyal Edmonton Regiment and tank of Canadian Three Rivers Regiment, Ortona, Italy, Dec 1943

Ortona - German paratroops surrendering to Canadian soldiers, December 1943

Ortona - German paratroops surrendering to Canadian soldiers, December 1943

Ortona - Graves of personnel from the Edmonton Regiment killed in the battle of Ortona, 7 January, 1944.

Tombes de membres du Edmonton Regiment tués lors de la bataille d’Ortona.

Infantrymen of the 48th Highlanders of Canada advancing towards Adrano. August 18, 1943 , Place of publication: Adrano, Italy.

Infantrymen of the Highlanders of Canada advancing towards Adrano. August 1943 , Place of publication: Adrano, Italy.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.- [Deuteronomy 31:6]  He's never left our side and He won't stop now. He's right there with you!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.- [Deuteronomy 31:6] He's never left our side and He won't stop now. He's right there with you!

Private Ralph Forrester of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada places flowers on the grave of his brother killed in Ortona, s the River Garig...

Private Ralph Forrester of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada places flowers on the grave of his brother killed in Ortona, near the River Garigliano, 16 January

The Battle of Ortona – When 2,600 Canadian Men Were Sacrificed for a General’s Pride

In December a group of largely untested Canadians went up against German forces in the Italian town of Ortona. The result was a bloodbath so intense

Personnel of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service drilling on the parade square during initial training at H.M.CS., Galt, Ontario, Canada. December 1943.

The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service were called “Wrens” after their British counterparts. This group is parading on the drill square during initial training at H. Conestoga (His Majesty’s Canadian Ship) in Galt, Ontario in December

Scenes such as this were a common sight in the battle of Ortona where medical resources were severely tested. Italy, December 1944. © The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Scenes such as this were a common sight in the battle of Ortona where medical resources were severely tested. Italy, December © The Royal Canadian Regiment.

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