The Cavendish Road was a tank path built by Indian and New Zeadand ingeniers in about 10 days to facilitate an attack on Monte Cassino. It was built from Caira village (few Kilometres from Cassino town) to Phantom and Snakeshead ridge. It was so large that on 19th March 1944, 37 kiwi tanks (New Zealand Armoured Division) were able to arrive to the rear of the monastery. The intention was to launch the attack to the abbey but because of the tanks were not accompanied by any Infantry, the German 4th Parachute Regiment was able to disable the first 10 tanks near the medieval Albaneta Farm and the other ware forcad to retret. The same road was used by Polish Corps on 12th May 1944. Today it is possible to explore it and to reach Montecassino as the New Zealanders did in the past.
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Dr. Anna Maria Priora Ph.D
WW2 Monte Cassino Battlefield expert, researcher and tour guide