Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight

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"The battle for Ortona - Canada's first major triumph of World War II. December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. For reasons unknown, Hitler has ordered Ortona held to the last man. Houses, churches and other buildings are dynamited, clogging the streets with rubble. Germans with machine guns lie in ambush. Snipers slip from one rooftop to another. The Canadians seem to have walked into a death trap. This is a battle fought at close range, often hand to hand. Casualties on both sides are heavy. In the end, raw courage and ingenuity save the Canadians. Ortona Street Fight is a riveting telling of what is considered one of the most epic battles that Canadian soldiers have ever fought." --publisher's website
Publisher: Victoria, BC ; Custer, WA : Raven Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781554693986
1554693985
Characteristics: 137 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.

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Oct 14, 2011

An interesting short book on the events in Ortona at that time. An acceptable primer on the subject but
falls short of this earlier work on Ortorna. It is always good to keep the memories alive on this period in our country's history. If you had a relative there during the war as I did, these works always provide some new material or anecdotes that are new. A very short book and well worth the read.

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