Si­cily an­niver­sary has been for­got­ten

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

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

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