15th March 2020 - 76th Anniversary of the bombing of Cassino town

The Ides of March written in the destiny of Cassino! 

The strategical location of Cassino located north of Naples and south of Rome had always been of vital importance. In the IVth Century BC, the Romans built a main road connecting the south with the eternal city. This vital artery was called by the Allied Highway 6 (SS6 on the map which means Strada Statale or State Road).

The geographic  location of Cassino, the Highway 6 and the Liri valley were essential to the advance to Rome. 

Soon after the 8th September 1943, when the Italian Govern had surrendered to the Allies, the Germans occupied the town of Cassino and all the other villages along Route 6, including my hometown Frosinone, who were located on the way to Rome. 

Exactly one month after the bombing of the monastery, on 15th March 1944 the third attack began with an artillery barrage of over  1000 tons of bombs which obliterated the town. Cassino ceased to exist exactly 76 years ago. 

Through the resulting rubble the New Zealanders tried to storm the town, capture the Hills. They succeded in occupying three-fourths of Cassino, but the Germans fought stubbornly and clung to their strong points in the town, to their artillery positions in the hills. Eventually the Allied advance once again stopped.

After the third battle the Germans  still held the town of Cassino (reduced to rubble) and the mountains