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Introduction

From Great Britain, an entire corps of Canadian Army soldiers sailed for the Mediterranean, where they landed with Allied Forces on Sicily in July of 1943, launching the Italian campaign, which would last until the end of the war. They fought their way against German and Italian opposition and crossed over to mainland Italy in September, 1943.  The troops were then transferred to Northwest Europe to join the rest of the First Canadian Army. They landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. One of the five landing beaches was Canadian, Juno, which marked the beginning of Canadian land operations in France. Canadian soldiers fought numerous battles deeper into France, then into Belgium, the Netherlands, and by 1945, into Germany. Nearly 23 000 died and 54 000 were wounded.


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