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Onwards to Leonforte, July 21st, 1943

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment's first taste of combat was the engagement 3 miles south of Piazza Armerina on July 16th, 1943. After having chased off the 2nd Battalion of the 104 Panzer Grenadier Regiment from that position, the Loyal Eddies were ready to advance on Piazza Armerina itself.

Was it going to be heavily defended?  What was the enemies strength?

Artillery fire from the Germans on the Canadian position was countered with counter battery fire and the German guns were silenced. By nightfall the Germans had vacated Piazza Armerina and the Eddies moved in. With 3rd Brigade pushing past the Eddies (who are with 2nd Brigade) in Piazza Armerina, the Eddies were able to take a bit of a breather before they were again called into action.

  Approx 27 miles from Piazza Armerina is the town of Leonforte.

July 21st, 1943  - the Loyal Eddies were to assault Leonforte at 2100hrs. After a barrage on the Germans positions the Eddies were then to assault the town. Due to its size, …