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The Italian Campaign: The Road to Ortona

Type: Film and Video

A look back at the fiercest battle of the Italian Campaign.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canada and the Second World War - The Italian Campaign. 1943-1945

Type: Document

In Canada’s first sustained land operation of the war, Canadian troops helped capture Sicily in a five-week campaign beginning 10 July 1943.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Attacking Ortona

Type: Film and Video

It is the bloodiest battle of the Italian campaign. Ortona, once a picturesque ancient village on the Adriatic Sea, is being reduced to rubble. Canadian soldiers clash daily with desperate German troops in bitter, house-to-house fighting. Snipers, land mines and booby traps exact a terrible price for every building gained. As we hear in this Christmas Eve report from Matthew Halton, Ortona has become "the courtyard of hell."

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Van Doos: Interviews with Paul Triquet after Casa Berardi

Type: Sound

An interview with Paul Triquet shortly after he receives the Victoria Cross for his courageous actions at Casa Berardi, Italy, in World War Two.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Armour Passing Through Ortona, by war artist Charles Fraser Comfort

Type: Image

An electronic reproduction of the oil on canvas artwork, "Canadian Armour Passing Through Ortona," created by Charles Fraser Comfort in 1944.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Canadians in Italy - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

After success in Sicily and the fall of Mussolini the Allies pursued a determined German army on the Italian peninsula. The fighting in Italy, as in Sicily, was bitter and ground to a halt by winter 1943. By then the Canadian Army in Italy had reached its peak theatre strength.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Paul Triquet Wins Victoria Cross

Type: Film and Video

In this 1972 interview Paul Triquet recounts his exploits at Casa Berardi, which won him the Victoria Cross in World War Two.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Attacking Ortona

Type: Sound

Matthew Halton reports an eyewitness account of a vicious fight on Christmas Eve during the Battle of Ortona.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Battlefield Near Berardi Crossroads, by war artist Charles Fraser Comfort

Type: Image

An electronic reproduction of the watercolour on paper artwork, "Battlefield Near Berardi Crossroads," created by Charles Fraser Comfort.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Ortona - San Leonardo Road, by war artist Charles Fraser Comfort

Type: Image

An electronic reproduction of the watercolour on paper artwork, Ortona - San Leonardo Road, created by Charles Fraser Comfort.

Site: Canadian War Museum