Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight

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December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. For reasons unknown, Hitler has ordered Ortona held to the last man. Houses, churches and other buildings are dynamited, clogging the streets with rubble. Germans with machine guns lie in ambush. Snipers slip from one rooftop to another. The Canadians seem to have walked into a death trap. This is a battle fought at close range, often hand to hand. Casualties on both sides are heavy. In the end, raw courage and ingenuity save the Canadians. Ortona Street Fight is a riveting telling of what is considered one of the most epic battles that Canadian soldiers have ever fought.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 150 x 180 x 10mm | 140g
  • Victoria, Canada
  • English
  • 1554693985
  • 9781554693986
  • 649,443

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The battle for Ortona-Canada's first major triumph of World War II December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. Hitler has ordered the city held to the last man. Ortona Street fight is a riveting account of what is considered one of the most epic battles that Canadian soldiers have ever fought. With more than twenty books to his credit, Mark Zuehlke has been hailed as Canada's leading popular military historian. He is also an award-winning mystery writer. Mark lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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"True to the series' intent, the book is light and fast-paced...Readers new to military history will be genuinely moved by the courage and endurance of the soldiers and will learn about an important chapter in our national heritage...Ortona Street Fight provides a readable, unintimidating introduction to the material."--Quill & Quire
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