This is the 80th anniversary of the allied landing on Sicilly during the Second World War. American and combined British and Canadian troops were involved from 9 July – 17 August 1943.
How deadly was the action? Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 490 Commonwealth burials including 434 Canadians. Agira was taken by the 1st Canadian Division on 28 July 1943. An additional 35 Canadians who died during the period, but with no known grave, are among the over 3,100 Commonwealth servicemen commemorated at the Cassino Memorial.
The Canadian War Museum has a transcript of an interview with Robert Kingstone which includes a description of the chaos of the landing in Sicilly.