Ortona: la piccola Stalingrado

Ortona sotto le macerieFrom "Libero" January the 14th 1999 - Manuela Pasquini

"It is December the 25th 1943. The city of Ortona, theatre of a cruel battle by the Canadian first division commanded by general Vokes and the german troops, seems to be more and more a bank of rubble. They keep fighting day in and day out. House by house (...)”

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"Ortona 1943. Stalingrad in Italiy", from "Vario", by Marco Patricelli.

The city of Abruzzo was protagonist in the last week of december of the only one house by house battle of the western front.

"We don't desire to defend Ortona in a critical way, but the English have made it important as Rome. We can't do nothing against all the things that are happening. The fact that Montgomery was right and from today all the press worldwide is going to talk about that, making a lot of noise, is bothering me. (...)"

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