Thursday, October 17, 2013




Joy and tragedy as Canadians liberate Italy

17-pdr anti-tank gun of 44/13th Anti-Tank Regiment, 10th Indian Division, in action, 18 October 1944

Early the following morning Gerry Swayle and his platoon were told to occupy San Stefano. It was assumed the enemy rear guards had all withdrawn across the Biferno overnight and Gerry would meet with no resistance. I saw him just before he started off and told him about the joys of liberating Ripalimosani.