OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, issued the following
statement today regarding the 68th anniversary of the end of Canadian participation in the Italian
"This month marks the 68th anniversary of the end of Canadian participation in the Italian
Campaign. Canadians fought there for 20 hard months and played a vital
role in the struggle to eventually liberate Italy during the Second
"Canadians fought on the Island of Sicily from July 10 to August 6,
1943, and in mainland Italy from September 3, 1943, to February 1945,
before being shifted to Northwest Europe to join the First Canadian
Army serving there. The fighting in Italy was harsh and Canadian
casualties totalled more than 26,000—nearly 6,000 of which were fatal.
"The brave Canadians who fought in Italy were among the more than one
million Canadians who served during the Second World War. Coming from
all walks of life, these Canadians accomplished much and sacrificed
greatly in the fight for peace and freedom."
For more information on the Italian Campaign, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs