German paratrooper during the battle of Monte Cassino with a MG 42 and MP40 SMG, Monte Cassino,Roma, Italy, Jan-May 1944.

German paratrooper during the battle of Monte Cassino with a MG 42 and MP40 SMG, Monte Cassino,Roma, Italy, Jan-May 1944.

Ruins of the Abbey of Monte Cassino in Italy after Allied bombing on 15 February 1944. (US Army Center of Military History)

Ruins of the Abbey of Monte Cassino in Italy after Allied bombing on 15 February 1944. (US Army Center of Military History)

Battle for Monte Cassino Italien, bei Monte Cassino.- Panzersoldat auf getarntem Panzer V "Panther" zwischen Häusern einer Ortschaft / Stadt; PK 699

Battle for Monte Cassino Italien, bei Monte Cassino.- Panzersoldat auf getarntem Panzer V "Panther" zwischen Häusern einer Ortschaft / Stadt; PK 699

The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome the photo shows the allies over looking casino,

The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome the photo shows the allies over looking casino,

The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by the Germans and Italians during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Over 4,100 men of the II Polish Corps lost their lives on Monte Cassino.

The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by the Germans and Italians during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Over 4,100 men of the II Polish Corps lost their lives on Monte Cassino.

Original colour 'photo of the almost unbelievable devastation left by the Battle of Monte Cassino, courtesy of "Life" magazine. JR.

Original colour 'photo of the almost unbelievable devastation left by the Battle of Monte Cassino, courtesy of "Life" magazine. JR.

MONTE CASSINO. ITALY. The Polish cemetery at Monte Cassino holds the graves of over a thousand Poles who died, storming the bombed-out Benedictine abbey atop the mountain in May 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino.

MONTE CASSINO. ITALY. The Polish cemetery at Monte Cassino holds the graves of over a thousand Poles who died, storming the bombed-out Benedictine abbey atop the mountain in May 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino.

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