Ortona: Canada’s Epic World War II Battle
Ortona brings Canada’s first major triumph of the war to life in dramatic, suspenseful narrative, weaving reminiscences of the Canadians, Germans, and Italians who were there together with a blow-by-blow account of the fighting that raged throughout December 1943 from the Moro River Valley past the infamous Gully and finally into the streets of Ortona itself. It is a masterful work a story told from the soldier’s-eye view.
Published by Douglas & McIntyre, 1999: 443 pages.
“Destined to become a Canadian military history classic.”
Esprit de Corps Magazine
“This reviewer was astonished at the way Zuehlke’s pen has grasped the realities of the battle.. brings the battle for Ortona and the men who fought it back to life.”
“Mark Zuehlke’s grindingly researched book is a heart-stopping, intimate look at all the brutal excesses of war.. Infantry and tank warfare comes alive in Zuehlke’s hands.”