Battle of Ortona
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
Cause of the battle
The main objective of the battle for the allied forces was to liberate the city from German occupation. The city was very utile for the war, since it had the only deep water port on the east coast of Italy. And controlling the city meant, controlling the Adriatic sea; which was a main outlet to many European countries. And if the German occupation continued it would be deadly towards the allied forces.
the city of ortona
Soldiers hiding and shooting through a house window.
Civilians drying their clothes in middle of rubble from the buildings.
Tanks going through the city of Ortona.
- 1st Canadian Armored Brigade
11th Canadian Armored Regiment (The Ontario Regiment)
12th Canadian Armored Regiment (The Three Rivers Regiment)
- 1st Canadian Division
- 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade
The 48th Highlanders of Canada
The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
- 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment