"We must keep the memory of Monte Cassino battle for future generations" said Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defence on 28th May 2019 during the cerimony at Montecassino Cemetery in front of 5.000 people and the last few Polish Veterans.
75 years ago, after 3 months of fighting and four battles, after Monte Cassino bombing ,the troops coming from all over the world, opened the way for Allied forces to Rome. It thas the most strategic but even brutal period of the Second World War in Italy , with about 55.000 Allied deaths and around 20.000 German casualties, but even the total disctuction of the town of Cassino and the Monte Cassino Abbey. For all those who died here, 3 cemeteries had been built: the, Commonwealth, the Polish and the German war memorials.
But after 75 years the feeling of everyone must be very different from the past. I was told that when the Poles reached the centre of the ruins of the bombed Abbey, some wounded German soldiers were there. They were so happy to see the Poles coming, to be captured, to see that the war was for them over. They were tired to fight, to died, to kill other youngsoldiers, so between them and the Poles grew a special feeling of friendship. They kept the contacts, they wrote letters back and forth, and they met one a year in Cassino. I remember them embrassing each others.
We must remember what happened here, because war, fighting death and so on, can not happen again.
No more war !
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Dr. Anna Maria Priora Ph.D
WW2 Monte Cassino Battlefield expert, researcher and tour guide