MONTE CASSINO 2019 - 75th ANNIVERSARY



PILGRIMAGE TOUR: 16 – 20 May 2019


The Allies landed in the Italian mainland on 9th September 1943, coinciding with the surrender of the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where the Normandy offensive was planned for the following year. The Allies were to push northward on two fronts. On the Western front, the US 5th Army commanded by Lieutenant-General Mark W Clarke moved northward from Naples while the British 8th Army, advanced up the Adriatic Coast. The invasion progressed rapidly through southern Italy despite stiff resistance, but, by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the Garigliano River in the west to the Sangro River in the east. On the easter sector in Ortona and Orsagna the Canadians and New Zealanders suffered terrible casualties and the line stalled from December 1943. On the western side of the Gustav line, the German Army decided to hold their ground at the town of Cassino, in front of the Monastery. Hence, four battles for Monte Cassino raged from the 12th of January 1944 until the final occupation on May the 18th 1944. The capture of the Abbyof Monte Cassino came at a very high price after much fighting and considerable losses on both sides. The Allies suffered 55,000 killed or wounded with German casualties said to be over 20,000. For the 75th anniversary we want to remember what happened and pay our respect for those who suffered and lost their lives to shape a better future for Italy and the World.


ITINERARY


Thursday 16 May 2019  – Introduction to the Italian campaign of WW2 and welcome Buffet in Cassino.


Friday 17th May 2019 –  Breaking the Gustav line Tour: The abbey of Monte Cassino, the German defensive positions and the Polish battlefields


Saturday 18th May 2018 – Ceremony at the Polish Cemetery for the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Monte Cassino.

Breaking the Winter Line tour: Monte Camino, Monte Lungo and San Pietro Infine. 


Sunday 19th May  2019  - Ceremony at the Commonwealth Cemetery. 

Cassino Then and Now, the German war cemetery


Monday  20th  May 2019 – Farewell After breakfast, the formal part of the pilgrimage ends and we wish everyone a safe onward journey.


***Transfers from/to the airport will be personalized on request. 


Pre and post Tours activities are offered:


Anzio,  Rome (Classical tours and WW2 Tours), Pompei and Salerno. Please, enquire: montecassino2019@gmail.com 


How To Book:  


Places on the pilgrimage are limited and we encourage you to book early. 

For price information, detailed itinerary please email us: montecassino2019@gmail.com 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This itinerary is based on information available as at 01 August 2018. 


  1. The order of events is subject to change, depends on the ceremonies dates and times that will be officially planned in the next months. 
  2. Every effort will be made to inform group members of changes as they occur.
  3. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  4. Dress code to visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino: No bare shoulders, no skirt/pants above your knee.
  5. It is recommended that Participants purchase adequate insurance coverage for health, travel and private liability. 
  6. The organisers will not accept responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private, personal property of conference delegates and/or accompanying persons.