🇨🇦 Ortona, Italy, 1944: Canadian troops arrive after a hard-fought battle for the Adriatic port city. The conflict is known as ‘Little Stalingrad’ for its fierce house-to-house combat and high death toll. The Canadian 1st Infantry Division suffered 1,375 men killed in action and a further 964 wounded. The German 1st Fallschirmjager Division lost 867 killed and an unknown amount also wounded. 1,300 civilians also perished.
CANADIAN DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE/REUTERS #history #ww2