On the 18th May after 3 months of attempts to break the Gustav Line , at the end the 5th Army of General Mark Clark with the end of the troops of General Oliver Leese of the 8th Army, the monastery hill and the town of Cassino were taken. It was not so easy to join the Abbey. The Allies this time with the help of the Poles, the New Zealanders, the Indians, and the French colonials, had to fight very hard to cross the Rapido River and to run between barbed wires and mines. So many of them were killed, but when the hills around the Abbey were taken the war was not over. The Frenchs on the Aurunci mountains, the Canadian in the middle of the Liri Valley, the Indians along the Highway 6 and the Poles on the hills of Mount Cairo continued to fight against the Germans that were withdrown on the norther positions. The Allied conquered Aquino, Pontecorvo, Roccasecca, Then Ceprano and at the end Frosinone. After 5 months of fighting the Allied could join Rome and entered the City on 4 June.
A day in History!
The "Battle for Rome" tour (about 6 hours) includes:
1) pickup from your arrival at the railway station in Cassino everyday at 10.00am (Main Square, near the Green Kiosk)
2) about 6h guided tour of the American most meaningful sites of Cassino:
- Cassino town center
- Caste Hill
- The Panoramic point
- The Germans' caves
- The Abbey of Montecassino
1 hour break for a light lunch on the Hitler line (local cheese and charcuterie board con local white or black wine)
- Rapido River
- Valli d'Aquino Monument
- Senger Line and Canadian Monument at Aquino
3) return to the railway station in Cassino at 05.30pm
4) price per person 150 euros (light lunch included)
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Dr. Anna Maria Priora Ph.D
WW2 Monte Cassino Battlefield expert, researcher and tour guide