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On the afternoon of July 24th the 1st Canadian Division attacked towards Agira (eight miles east of Assoro), supported by fighter bombers and artillery concentrations from five field and two medium regiments. From a rocky ridge a mile east of the intervening village of Nissoria, troops of the 15th Panzer Grenadier Division threw back with heavy losses successive assaults by each of the 1st Brigade's three battalions. Late on the 26th a barrage from 80 guns crushed the enemy's resistance as the 2nd Brigade took over the attack. The position was quickly overrun and a battalion broke through to fight it's way up onto a second ridge a mile to the east. Up until this pint the nature of the country, which prevented the attackers from deploying on a large scale, had meant that a German force of not much more than one battalion had been successively engaged by five Canadian battalions, one at a time; circumstances had enabled the enemy to give a practical demonstration of the principle of economy of effort. On the night of the 27th, however, the 2nd Brigade put in a two-battalion attack, which drove the enemy from three heights overlooking Agira. The German garrison, whose line of  retreat was threatened by the 231st Brigade, withdrew towards Regalbuto. The five day battle for Agira was the largest and costliest in which the 1st Division was involved in Sicily.

Regalbuto, nine miles to the east, and the lofty hill town of Centuripe were the main outposts in front of the key position of Adrano. Regalbuto was captured on August 3rd after the 231st Brigade and the 1st Canadian Brigade had gained control of the surrounding hills in four days of bitter fighting. On the same day the Centuripe stronghold fell to a full-scale assault by a Brigade of the 78th Division. The newly arrived division had been committed at the Dittaino on July 30th, advancing from a bridgehead established by the 3rd Canadian Brigade. The 3rd Brigade had then pushed forward on the 78th Division's left flank to clear the enemy from the hills between Centuripe and Regalbuto.

From Centuripe, the 78th Division took over the axis of the main highway to Adrano, and the 1st Canadian Division swung north across the Salso River. The task of clearing enemy-held heights towering more than 1000 ft above the river flats involved fighting on foot over rough trackless terrain, with mules carrying wireless sets and supporting weapons and ammunition. On the morning of August 5th General Simonds sent forward a tank-infantry  force with mobile artillery which, paralleling a successful attack on the right by the 78th Division, in a brilliantly-executed operation cleared the north bank of Salso to its junction with the Simeto.

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