CHRISTMAS 1943 - Ortona, Italy 72 years ago, two infantry regiments of the Canadian 2nd Brigade were embroiled in the bitterest street-to-street. In Ortona, a small seaside town in the Abruzzo region, Germans and Canadians literally fought street by street, house by house, even room by room. Why did everyone want to conquer Ortona in December 1943?
1943: Christmas Dinner at Ortona by Kevin Patterson It happened during вЂњBloody DecemberвЂќ 1943 along the Adriatic front in Italy during one of the most vicious battles of the war in a town called Ortona. Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men. By imaginarywars On December 25, 2011 В· 1 Comment Christmas dinner served up amidst the firefight during the Battle of Ortona, 1943.
A rare photo of the Christmas dinner being served to the troops became a symbol of civility amidst the horrors of war. It also served as a Regimental icon of the Seaforth HighlandersвЂ™ remarkable experience in the Church of Santa Maria di Constantinopoli on Christmas Day, 1943. 1943: Christmas Dinner at Ortona by Kevin Patterson It happened during вЂњBloody DecemberвЂќ 1943 along the Adriatic front in Italy during one of the most vicious battles of the war in a town called Ortona.
Dec 24, 2010В В· As Christmas 1943 approached, Canadians read in the newspapers of a fierce battle being fought by their troops in Italy for" a key Adriatic port. " That port was Ortona, a picturesque place dominated by the cathedral of San Tommaso and a castle perched on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Battle of Ortona Canada: My World. rather than risk getting killed over trying to make it to Christmas Dinner. for the month of December 1943 were nearly 2400. On Dec. 25, 1943, with the fighting at its most gruesome, Seaforth Quartermaster D. B. Cameron made arrangements to stage a Christmas dinner at a town church that the regiment had captured. The men. Dec 20, 2016. On December 25, 1943, it was Christmas day in Ortona. impossible task of scrounging the essentials to offer the soldiers a Christmas meal.