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The Italian Campaign: Characteristics of Canada's regiments in Italy

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.

Lt.-Gen. Guy G. Symonds, commander in Italy, describes his troops for Front Page Challenge.
Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: April 25, 1961
Guest(s): Guy Symonds
Interviewer: Gordon Sinclair
Duration: 2:47

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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