adults with low reading level battle of Ortona Canadian forces Canadians in war courage EAL ELL English as an additional language ESL hi-lo hi/lo high interest high-low high/low history low readability low reading level military history nonfiction for struggling readers reading strategies reluctant readers short nonfiction for adults struggling readers war war history World War 2 World War II WW2 WWII
December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. For reasons unknown, Hitler has ordered Ortona held to the last man. Houses, churches and other buildings are dynamited, clogging the streets with rubble. Germans with machine guns lie in ambush. Snipers slip from one rooftop to another. The Canadians seem to have walked into a death trap. This is a battle fought at close range, often hand to hand. Casualties on both sides are heavy. In the end, raw courage and ingenuity save the Canadians.
Ortona Street Fight is a riveting telling of what is considered one of the most epic battles that Canadian soldiers have ever fought.
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