In the closing days of 1943 with allied preparations for the invasion of France starting to gather pace, it is often forgotten that the allied invasion of Europe as a whole was well and truly underway. On the east coast of Italy, British and Commonwealth forces were fighting a determined enemy and hostile terrain as they inched up the boot of country, leaving thousands of the fallen as they went. Time after time towns and villages were defended tenaciously and with great skill, often leading to prolonged and bloody fights, often for strategically unimportant locations. One such example was the ancient coastal town of Ortona.
It was in the ruins of the town that Canadian forces engaged in an epic urban battle against German paratroopers which saw some of the most intense close quarter fighting of the Italian Campaign. The fight for Ortona was dubbed shortly after the battle ‘Little Stalingrad’ – and with good reason. Join us on a Virtual Tour to explore this relatively unknown but fascinating action of the Second World War.