History in the Taking by Jon Farrell

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Canadian Geographical Journal: History in the Taking: Some Notes About The Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit By Jon Farrell (Prepared in January, 1945) Used with permission of Canadian Geographic The situation looked very grim for a force of Canadian infantrymen fighting, with tank support, in Ortona, Italy, on the morning of December 27, 1943. The town was partly cleared, but the Germans were fighting doggedly for every street and every house. It was a matter of touch and go. A troop of tanks was inching its way along one of the streets. With them was a soldier carrying a movie camera and tripod. Suddenly they came under point-blank fire from a German…

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