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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.

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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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 the photo shows the allies over looking casino,

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 the photo shows the allies over looking casino,

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German paratrooper during the battle of Monte Cassino with a MG 42 and MP40 SMG, Monte Cassino,Roma, Italy, Jan-May 1944.

German paratrooper during the battle of Monte Cassino with a MG 42 and MP40 SMG, Monte Cassino,Roma, Italy, Jan-May 1944.

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A New Zealand sniper positions himself amongst the ruins and takes aim with his rifle during the Battle of Monte Cassino. The Battle of Monte 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. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Cassino, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. 26 March 1944.

A New Zealand sniper positions himself amongst the ruins and takes aim with his rifle during the Battle of Monte Cassino. The Battle of Monte 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. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Cassino, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. 26 March 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.

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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Infantry of the East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Infantry of the East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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Battle for Monte Cassino Italien, bei Monte Cassino.- Panzersoldat auf getarntem Panzer V "Panther" zwischen Häusern einer Ortschaft / Stadt; PK 699

Battle for Monte Cassino Italien, bei Monte Cassino.- Panzersoldat auf getarntem Panzer V "Panther" zwischen Häusern einer Ortschaft / Stadt; PK 699

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Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, Jan 1944: The crew of this disabled Panzer is feverishly trying to repair a blown track while under fire. Manhandling hundreds of kilos of steel into place is a hard job under ideal conditions, let alone under machine gun fire. Fortunately for the Panzer troops, their tank provides cover while the job proceeds.

Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, Jan 1944: The crew of this disabled Panzer is feverishly trying to repair a blown track while under fire. Manhandling hundreds of kilos of steel into place is a hard job under ideal conditions, let alone under machine gun fire. Fortunately for the Panzer troops, their tank provides cover while the job proceeds.

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