Ortona was one of the bloodiest battles of the Italian Campaign. This village on the Adriatic had been reduced to rubble. Canadian and German troops engaged in house-to-house fighting. Snipers, booby traps and land mines were a constant threat. Every building was paid for in blood.
If you are a visiting Canadian, especially as we approach the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Ortona, you must visit this hidden gem. The collection is impressive, and the staff are very helpful. Without visits, and donated money, it is my fear that this museum will not be able to stay operational, and a huge piece of Canadian history will be lost.
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