• by Mark Zuehlke
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In one furious week of fighting in December 1943, the First Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona, Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold the medieval port at all costs. When the battle was over, the Canadians emerged victorious despite heavy losses. Over 2,500 Canadians died or were wounded there. Military historian Mark Zuehlke blends reminiscences of the Canadians, Germans, and Italians who were there together with a blow-by-blow account of the fighting to create a harrowing, ultimately hopeful rendering of one of World War II's defining moments.


Audible Editor Reviews

A nine-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards for audiobook performance, performer William Dufris brings his authoritative but gentle tone to a harrowing account of hand-to-hand warfare during a decisive World War II Battle.
Ortona is the story of Canada’s heartbreaking but ultimately heroic contribution to the Allied war effort in the port town of Ortona, Italy, over one week in December 1943. Master Canadian military historian and novelist Mark Zuehlke has assembled his chronicle from a wealth of sources, including interviews with soldiers from all sides of the conflict. For its studious evocations of the battle itself to the lovingly rendered details of the men involved, Ortona is sure to be of interest to any student of the "peak experience" that is warfare.


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I enjoyed this book very much. We usually don't hear about what other countries did in WWII.I would recommend this book to others.
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- Charles

Ortona the Story I didn't know

I was amazed that I hadn't heard about the epic battle in Italy and the heroic efforts by Canadian troops including the Loyal Edmonton's...fantastic and fantastically narrated!
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- Howling Monkey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios