17th February 1944 – The Assault at the Cassino railway station lead by the 28th Māori Battalion.
17th February 1944 – The Assault at the Cassino railway station code named “Operation Avanger”, lead by the 28th Māori Battalion. The 28th (Māori) Battalion was part of the 2nd New Zealand Division,  during the Second World War (1939-45). A frontline infantry unit made up entirely of volunteers, the Battalion usually contained 700-750 men, divided into five companies: four rifle companies of about 125 men each and
Unedited painting of Monte Cassino made in 1944 by a German war artist
Unedited painting of Monte Cassino abbey  painted in 1944 which I found  during some of my research in an US Military Archive.The title of the painting is “German Machine Gunners  in the Cloister” painted By Herbert Agricola,  a German war artist. The first time I heard his name was about 10 years ago from Don Germano  a Benedictine monk of Monte Cassino who, 1n 1943,  was a 13 years old student of the Noble College of Monte Cass
War Artists in the battle of Monte Cassino and in Italy in WW2.Professional artists have been always appointed by government for information and propaganda . Most of them were  professional  artists and some times were talented  soldiers  who gave their persepective of the war, sometimes  poignant representation of what the war was about,  eyewitness of dramatic events.I made some research to find sketches or paintings of Monte Cassi
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 L
15 February 1944 - Today, 71 Years Ago, THE BOMBING OF THE ABBEY OF MONTE CASSINO
The Germans had agreed not to station troops in the Abbey, Allied officers suspected that it gave the Germans a valuable observation post and would inevitably come into play to protect German troops. Its obliteration by Allied strategic bombing ended up Killing over 200 Italians who had sought refuge behind its walls as well as other victims, civilans and allied soldiers, killed from errant bombs, by friendly Fire. As it turned out, the Abb
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