The 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign and our plans to commemorate this military milestone.

Canada and the Italian Campaign

Canada’s participation in the Italian Campaign took place over a 20-month period during the Second World War. More than 93,000 Canadians played an important role during this bitter struggle, battling some of the German Army’s best troops. The Italian Campaign began on the island of Sicily in July, 1943, and moved north up the Italian mainland through to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945. Nearly 6,000 Canadians would die there.  

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign.


Government of Canada delegation

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, a Canadian delegation will travel to Italy in late November and early December 2019. Canadian Veterans, representing regiments that took part in the Italian Campaign, will be part of the delegation.

Veterans organizations and regimental associations can nominate Veterans to be part of the delegation. If you are a Veteran from the Italian Campaign or know a Veteran who would be interested in joining the delegation, please contact vac.commemorativeevents-activitescommemoratives.acc@canada.ca.


Travel subsidy

Second World War Canadian Veterans and Allied Veterans living in Canada travelling outside the official delegation may qualify for a travel subsidy of up to $2,000 CDN to attend 2019-2020 commemorative ceremonies. Learn more about this travel subsidy.


Events

We will mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign with in-Canada and overseas activities. An official delegation will travel to Italy and participate in a number of ceremonies throughout the country.

A complete schedule of events will follow.

*Planning an event in your community? Funding is available for commemorative events through our Commemorative Partnership Program. We encourage you to add your event to our Calendar of Events.


Travelling to Italy


Media information

The Government of Canada delegation will be selected in November 2019. If you are interested in speaking with a Veteran from the delegation, please contact Veterans Affairs Canada Media Relations.

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