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For the Canadians, Husky began with a tragedy. Three of the eight troop ships on the way to Sicily were torpedoed in the Mediterranean; 58 Canadians drowned. Then, on July 10, 1943, they went ashore near Pachino to begin a 38-day operation to take the Italian island. For Canada and the survivors, Husky was a tremendous success: the first independent Canadian action in the Second World War, the first Canadian victory and a big morale booster after the Canadians’ disastrous raid on Dieppe, France, the year before