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>In December 1943, as part of the Allied advance through Italy during the Second World War, Canadian forces fought one of their toughest battles of the war in a bid to capture the town of Ortona. The month-long campaign — first at the Moro River outside Ortona, then with vicious street fighting in the town itself — cost more than 2,300 Canadian casualties, but eventually won Ortona for the Allies.
A little more about the fighting in Ortona itself:
>…two infantry battalions and a single tank regiment would carry the fight through the deadly labyrinth of Ortona in eight days of unrelenting battle. So intense was the street battle that war correspondents nicknamed Ortona “Little Stalingrad” because the fighting so resembled the definitive struggle in that Eastern Front city in Russia.
Info on the gun . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_QF_6-pounder