The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10-August 7, 1943Book - 2008
Now available in paperback, book seven of the Canadian Battle Series.
On July 10, 1943, twenty thousand Canadian soldiers joined two great Allied armies on the beaches of southern Sicily for Operation Husky -- the first western Allied thrust to win a toehold inside HItler's Fortress Europe.
Guarding the renowned Eighth Army's left flank, 1st Canadian Infantry division and 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade struck out fro the sand into the island's rugged interior. In searing heat, these untried tropps clashed in ever-intensifying battle to wrest towering mountains and ancient hill towns away from the elite veterans of Germany's Hermann Goring and 1st Parachute divisions.
When Eighth Army's main drive up Sicily's estern coast stalled, General Montgomery ordered the Canadians to save the day by turning the German left flank. The fighting reached a fever pitch as the Canadians struggle dto break thourhg a series of German defensive lines. Celebreated military historian Mark Zuehlke vividly recreates this little-known campaign, which became the Canadian Army's first triumph of World War II.