On 10 July 1943 Operation Husky took place, the Allied invasion of Sicily. A combined Allied force of 160,000 troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The Allied force mainly existed out of American, Canadian and British troops. The campaign in Sicily came to an end on 17 August 1943 when the two Allied forces came together at Messina, but failed to cut off the retreating Axis lines.
Agira was taken by the Canadians on 28 July 1943. Agira is the place where the Canadians fought their fiercest battle during Operation Husky. The cemetery is located on a symbolic place on a hill overlooking Agira.
Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 484 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and has a view on the Pozzillo Lake, Agira and Mt. Etna.
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