These brave troops landed in Italy in September 1943, pushing north. Many saw Italy as the `soft underbelly’ of Axis occupied Europe and were predicting that Rome would quickly be in Allied hands. Despite this the Monte Cassino campaign, from January to May 1944, was amongst the hardest-fought battles of the Second World War. Their service and sacrifice secured freedom and democracy in Italy and prevented the German Army from transferring more fighting men to France.
Monte Cassino 75 will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum Croxall Road Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR.
The event will be open the public and we recomend you aim to arrive by 10:30 and you should be at the event site no later than 11:00.
The ceremony itself should conclude around 12:30 after which we would also encourage you to explore the Arboretum and take part in the short wreath laying ceremonies taking place at the Polish Forces (14:30) and the Monte Cassino (15:10) memorials.
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