Sicily anniversary has been forgotten
Seventy-five years ago, on July 10, 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade, as part of the British Eight Army, landed at Pachino as part of Operation HUSKY the Allied invasion of Sicily.
The United States Seventh and the British Eight Armies took six weeks to secure the island and during that time Canada suffered 2,310 casualties, which included 562 killed. The invasion of Sicily toppled the Fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini from power and opened the way for the Allies to invade Italy in September.
Sadly, this strategic event and the Canadians who lie buried in the Agira Canadian War Cemetery have been overshadowed by Vimy, Dieppe and Normandy. Lest We Forget.
Ed Storey, Nepean