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“Canadian Gunners in an Italian Vineyard” with grapes


Canadian troops fought in Italy during World War 2.  They participated in campaigns both on Sicily and on mainland Italy.  The picture featured in this post shows a pair of gunners in a vineyard, both of whom are cleanly shaven and cleanly dressed. One is standing behind a scope and a second lounging on the ground writing in a notebook.  It is unclear when and where the picture was taken.  Canadian troops entered Italy during 1943.  Sicily was conquered by the Allies during August 1943 after which Allied forces moved to mainland Italy.  This picture, then, could have been taken during that fall of 1943.  There is a cluster of grapes on the notebook making it appear like a propaganda piece from a relatively peaceful area.  Perhaps it highlights the liberation of Italian vineyards?

Canadian Gunners in Italian Vineyard. ca 1943-1965. Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy [1]

Canadian Gunners in Italian Vineyard. ca 1943-1965. Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy [1]


 

[1] Canadian Gunners in Italian Vineyard.  ca 1943-1965.  Reference Number: R112-1475-X-E. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. URL: http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayItem&lang=eng&rec_nbr=4232844&rec_nbr_list=4232844

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