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Title:
Ortona : Canada's epic World War II battle
Author:
Zuehlke, Mark, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Stoddart, 1999.
Physical Description:
xv, 443 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780773731981
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Book

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Summary

In one furious week of fighting in December 1943, the First Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona, Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold the medieval port at all costs. When the battle was over, the Canadians emerged victorious despite heavy losses. Over 2,500 Canadians died or were wounded there. Military historian Mark Zuehlke blends reminiscences of the Canadians, Germans, and Italians who were there together with a blow-by-blow account of the fighting to create a harrowing, ultimately hopeful rendering of one of World War II's defining moments.


Author Notes

Mark Zuehlke specializes in writing about military history and the influence of the nation's war experiences on Canadian society


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Mapsp. xvii
Introduction: The Way to Ortonap. 3
1 March to the Moro
1 A Colossal Crackp. 9
2 Waiting, Waiting, Always Bloody Waitingp. 22
3 Pearl of the Adriaticp. 36
4 The Sharp Endp. 52
2 For Lack of a Bridge
5 Rush Jobsp. 65
6 No Good, Johnnyp. 76
7 Mixed Resultsp. 92
8 The Impossible Bridgep. 101
3 Breaking the Moro River Line
9 Into the Infernop. 119
10 You Take It Nowp. 136
11 Sterlin Castlep. 144
12 At All Costsp. 155
4 The Gully
13 A Little Old Heart Starterp. 165
14 All We Can Dop. 175
15 The Germans and the Mudp. 188
16 The Safest Place for Usp. 202
17 A New Plan Is Neededp. 213
18 Morning Gloryp. 224
19 The Drive to Ortonap. 235
5 Little Stalingrad
20 A Bunch of Madmenp. 251
21 They Always Mess Things Upp. 261
22 Fight for the Bulgep. 271
23 The Unmuffled Drums of Hellp. 278
24 The Daring Gamblep. 292
25 It's Christmas Evep. 300
26 As Merry as Circumstances Permitp. 315
27 Carry Onp. 328
28 There Is No Town Leftp. 341
29 Aftermathsp. 349
30 Point 59p. 362
Epilogue: Ortona in Memoryp. 373
Appendix A The Canadians at Ortonap. 385
Appendix B Canadian Infantry Battalion (Typical Organization)p. 386
Appendix C Canadian Military Order of Rankp. 387
Appendix D German Military Order of Rankp. 388
Appendix E The Decorationsp. 389
Glossary of Common Canadian Military Terms and Weaponryp. 390
Notesp. 397
Bibliographyp. 423
General Indexp. 431
Index of Formations, Units and Corpsp. 439