Ortona Street Fight
December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. Hitler has ordered the city held to the last man. Ortona Street Fight is a riveting account of what is considered one of the most epic battles Canadian soldiers ever fought.
A new addition to the popular Rapid Reads imprint, Ortona Street Fight is a perfect book for young readers, reluctant readers, or anyone just looking for a quick, absorbing, and informative look at one of the most significant chapters in Canada’s World War II history. Coming to book stores in late April.
Published by Raven Books, an imprint of Orca Book Publishers: 2011. 138 pages.
Gleaned from hundreds of interview hours with an ever-dwindling number of surviving WWII veterans, Zuehlke uses his trademark soldier’s-eye view to bring men like the daring and resourceful [Lt. John] Dougan back to life…Ortona Street Fight differs from Zuehlke’s more extensive Ortona because…the new Rapid Reads series features…compelling non-fiction…[that] target adult literacy as well as offering a condensed one-sitting read of lengthier tomes.
True to the series’ intent, the book is light and fast-paced…Readers will be genuinely moved by the courage and endurance of the soldiers and will learn about an important chapter in our national heritage.