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In Sicily Canadians were first realised as tough fighters that never gave up which then later on D-Day the Germans sent there best solders against the Canadians. Canadian solders were the only one to defeat the German solders to win the Juno beach on D-Day. The Germans and other nations belived that Canada had real strength and give us the same respect today as they did then and hold us in high respect everywhere arould the world.

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Q: How did the battle of Sicily on July 10 1943 contribute to the Canadian national spirit?
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