Dec. 9, 1943: Moro River, German counter attack

Calgary’s “A” Squadron crossed the river and led the advance to San Leonardo. A few German prisoners straggling back. We prepare to advance at 1 p.m. – are just finishing dinner now before starting. We stand to all day and at night the Jerry makes a counter attack and crosses the river near the sea. We set up a R.A.P. (Regimental Aid Post) with PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) – but nothing really happens. Our “C” Squadron has joined the Calgarys and in the night “A” Squadron cross the river and laagers down.

Infantrymen of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada searching German prisoners on the Moro River front, Italy, 9 December 1943. Canada at War.

Infantrymen of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada searching German prisoners on the Moro River front, Italy, 9 December 1943.
Canada at War.

During the fighting to gain San Leonardo Di Ortona, it was essential to put a bridge across the nearby Moro River. The Canadian Engineers constructed one overnight despite enemy shelling. Canada at War.

During the fighting to gain San Leonardo Di Ortona, it was essential to put a bridge across the nearby Moro River. The Canadian Engineers constructed one overnight despite enemy shelling.
Canada at War.

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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.

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