The Monte Cassino War Memorial is situated in the Commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139kms SE of Rome. 1 km away, standing on a hill is the Abbey of Monte Cassino.
Abbey on Monte Cassino ..
In 1943 the Allied Forces invaded mainland Italy, coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. The Gustav line, a German defensive line to hold the Allied Forces from advancing further North into Italy, lay across (if I can call it that) from Cassino to the western seaboard of Italy.
Between February and May 1944, Cassino saw the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign. The majority of those buried in the war cemetery died in the battles during these months
I took a photo of this one in particular as my Dad’s friend and neighbour had the same surname, but I couldn’t remember his first name ( I know it now .. it’s Laurie) but I took the photograph in case it was his friend. He was killed in the war, but I have no idea when and where
Cassino Memorial commemorates those Commonwealth Servicemen who took part and lost their lives in the Italian campaign
On a personal note : my Dad took part the Second World War in the British Colonial Artillery Regiment (Rhodesia being part of the Commonwealth) Reminiscing about his participation in the war, he would talk of his time in Italy .. not in too much detail, but I do recall some of what he said. How I would dearly love to ask him more now. Fortunately I have his photograph album which includes a couple of photographs from Egypt where he was stationed in 1943, and a few photographs from 1945 at Lake Comachio, Apennine Mountains and Rome. He was proud to serve and always, without fail, wore his Gunner’s tie on Fridays. Love and miss you Daddy xxx
The Royal Artillery Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who dost everywhere lead thy people in the way of righteousness,
Vouchsafe so as to lead the Royal Regiment of Artillery,
That wherever we serve, on land or sea or in the air,
We may win the glory of doing thy will
Next … the beautiful medieval town of Assisi