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Cassino, Italy: The “day after” of one of most fierce battles of the World War II. Spring 1944.

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The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.

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The Abbey of Montecassino (Abbazia di Montecassino)

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The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by the Germans and Italians during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Over 4,100 men of the II Polish Corps lost their lives on Monte Cassino.

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Ruins of the Town of Cassino, Italy, April 1944. The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four WWII battles fought by the Allies between January 17, 1944 and May 19, 1944. The Allies intent was to break through German lines and seize Rome. These operations resulted in casualties of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers and destroyed the historic abbey of Monte Cassino and the town below.

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‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…

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Portrait of XIV Panzer Corps commander Lieutenant General Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin, (1891-1962). During the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, von Senger und Etterlin was responsible for the very successful defence of the Gustav Line, which included Monte Cassino. The German position was only broken by the Allies in May, 1944.

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A New Zealand soldier at the battlefront in Cassino, Italy - 5 April 1944 Photo by George Kay This is a staged photograph used for propaganda purposes. During the month of April, there was a lull in the fighting during the Battle of Monte Cassino as the third battle had come to a conclusion at the end of March and the fourth, and final, battle would not begin until early May.

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