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The Italian campaign: Fighting around the ruins of Pompeii

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.

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Matthew Halton comments on the memorable sight of modern combat in ancient Italy.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 5, 1943
Guest(s):
Reporter: Matthew Halton
Duration: 4:38
Photo Credit: Lieut. Alexander Mackenzie Stirton / Canada. Dept. National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-129774

Last updated: November 27, 2014

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