THINGS TO know
On this date, in 1943, the Canadian 1st Division and 1st Army Tank Brigade participated in the invasion of Sicily. It was the first time during the Second World War that Canadian troops landed on enemy-held territory with the goal of staying. The Canadian forces, which landed at Pachino, were part of the British 8th Army under Gen. Bernard Montgomery. The invasion led to the signing of a peace treaty between Italy and the Allies on Sept. 8, 1943.