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Tango0122 Jan 2020 10:02 p.m. PST

"The Second World War began in 1939. Soon, much of Europe was under German control. In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union and vicious fighting broke out on the Eastern Front. By 1943 the Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, asked for help from the other Allied leaders to ease the pressure of this attack. The Allies agreed to help and decided to use Italy (which was aligned with Germany) as a platform to attack enemy territory in Europe and help divert German resources from the Eastern Front. This effort became known as the Italian Campaign.

The Italian Campaign was an important military effort for Canada during the war. More than 93,000 Canadians, along with their allies from Great Britain, France and the United States, played a vital role. As they pushed from the south to the north of Italy over a 20-month period, Canadians faced difficult battles against some of the German army's best troops. They fought in the dust and heat of summer, the snow and cold of winter, and the rain and mud of the spring and fall…"
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Bowman25 Jan 2020 7:03 a.m. PST

More than 93,000 Canadians, along with their allies from Great Britain, France and the United States…..

Someone forgot the Kiwis.

parttimegamer25 Jan 2020 11:11 a.m. PST

I've been reading a few books on the Italian campaign recently and it was a veritable united nations of armies, which contributed to the Allied effort. I particularly enjoyed Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War by James Holland and the Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson. Both are worth a read.

Col Piron25 Jan 2020 11:15 a.m. PST

Someone forgot the Kiwis.

As well as lots of other nations .

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