Dec. 7, 1943: Moro River, “This is rather a hot spot.”

Dec. 7 – Some English tanks get across the Moro River and in to the Town of La Torre last night. We are standing to (6:30 a.m.) expecting to go up and cross the Moro R. at St. Leonardo. I have organized a fording party which I may have to use. The weather has cleared this morning. Moved at 11 a.m. – through San Vito, a very pretty drive. From the town we could see Ortona about ten kilos apart. Crossed the bridge of a tiny stream under shell fire. One shell landed in Calgary convoy behind us. We went into harbour on a ridge about two miles from the Moro River (A remarkable live broadcast with CBC Radio of the battle). Jerry opened up on us, wounding three and tearing a few holes in my jeep. This is rather a hot spot.

A Sherman tank from Finestone's Troop of The British Columbia Dragoons crossing the Moro River, Italy, December 1943. Bernard Finestone. The Memory Project.

A Sherman tank from The British Columbia Dragoons crossing the Moro River, Italy, December 1943. Bernard Finestone. The Memory Project.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

One response to “Dec. 7, 1943: Moro River, “This is rather a hot spot.””

  1. GDN says :

    You can hear that CBC broadcast in the CBC radio archives

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