The And Italian Campaign Of World War II

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The “D-Day Dodgers” was the name given to a group of soldiers who were accused of avoiding the supposedly harsher battle in Normandy by fighting in Italy. The Italian Campaign of World War II further proved that Canadians were capable of fighting for themselves. The numerous victories after the battles in Italy can be attributed to the military tactics used and created during the campaign. The Italian Campaign derailed German focus from the Normandy and Soviet battles which aided other European Campaigns. By examining the contributions of the “D-Day Dodgers”, the accusation that those involved in the Italian Campaign were avoiding the war in the rest of Europe was not justified. The Italian Campaign further proved that Canadians were…show more content…
Donald Graves’ article “To Take Ortona” states, “The army 's commander, Maj. Gen. A. G. L. McNaughton, wanted the Canadian army to fight as a unified force under Canadian command, rather than dispersed unit by unit under the command of British generals...The task of taking the town was assigned to the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.” The Battle of Ortona was assigned to be solely for the Canadian military run by Canadian generals. Because Ortona was heavily fortified, the Canadians, as with any opposing Allied army, had a tough battle to begin with. The Canadian military did what they were assigned to do and, through newly created military strategies, captured the city. The Battle of Ortona further demonstrated the sheer tenacity of the Canadian army, as well as their refusal to back out of any challenge. The Canadians proved to be a great aid to the Allied forces and, once again, proved they were not a country to be underestimated. The military tactics used and created during the Italian Campaign lead to the rest of the victories in Europe. Thomas Tandy Lewis’ article “Operation Mincemeat” explains, “...Hitler was persuaded that the … planned attack will be directed mainly against Sardinia and the Peloponnesus….On July 10, the Germans were unprepared. Of the 300,000 defending troops on the island, more than two-thirds were poorly armed and ill trained Italian soldiers.” Operation Mincemeat was an ingenious military plan created by the Allies
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