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Melfa Crossing
This page contains general information about this battle, fought during the Second World War.
 War  World War II
 Theatre  Italy
 Campaign/Op  Italian Campaign
 Date  May 24-25, 1944
 Force Size  -
 Casualties  ? killed, ? wounded
 Content Page  The Italian Campaign
 Gallantry Awards
Major John K. Mahony - Victoria Cross
Major Mahony and his company were ordered to establish the initial bridgehead over the river. This was accomplished in conjunction with the tanks of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) and for five hours the company maintained its position in the face of enemy fire and attack until the remaining companies and supporting weapons were able to reinforce them. Early in the action Major Mahony was wounded in the head and twice in the leg, but he refused medical aid and continued to direct the defence of the bridgehead. The enemy saw that this officer was the "soul of the defence" and consequently made him their particular target.
 Battle Account
 Regiments  Killed   Wnd. 
 Lord Strathcona's Horse    
 The Governor General's Horse Guards    
 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards    
 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)    
 The British Columbia Dragoons    
 The Perth Regiment    
 The Princess Louise Fusiliers    
 The Cape Breton Highlanders    
 The Westminster Regiment    
 The Irish Regiment of Canada    
 The Carleton and York Regiment