- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 12th Canadian Armoured Regiment (The Three Rivers Regiment), 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division, Canadian Army
Ref Map Italy 1/50,000 sheet 141-II Ortona.
During the week of street fighting that preceded the final capture of Ortona (MR 3316) on 29 December 1943 the 12th Cdn Armd Regt commanded by Lt.Col. E.L. Booth DSO was in support of the 2nd Cdn Inf. Brigade.
Two squadrons of the regt were fighting in close cooperation with the leading infantry in the streets of Ortona. The fighting was bitter and intense.
Disregarding the danger from sniping, shell and mortar fire, Lt.Col. Booth continually went forward for reconnaissance and to direct and encourage the squadron of his regt. He checked the plans for every operation of his squadrons and closely coordinated their attacks with those of the infantry. Intent upon the job in hand, Lt.Col. Booth made light of enemy fire and never allowed it to prevent his going where his presence was required. The Headquarters of one of his squadrons was under direct observation by the enemy and subject at all times to heavy machine gun fire. Yet he visited it without regard to personal risk, at times narrowly escaping bursts of fire directed at his vehicle while en route.
Throughout the fighting Lt.Col. Booth ‘d drive and determination inspired not only his own men but all with whom he came in contact to maintain a relentless pressure on the enemy in Ortona. His cheerfulness under fire and supreme confidence encouraged and fired them. His skill, experience and judgment in the coordination of combined infantry and tank assaults played a large part in the success of the difficult operations which resulted in the final expulsion of the enemy from Ortona.
This award was obtained in the form of an Bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.