Monte Cassino 75

This year we will be remembering the heroism, courage and collaboration of the over 200,000 Allied and Commonwealth forces, who came from all corners of the globe, to fight in the battles of Monte Cassino. Their service and sacrifice secured freedom and democracy in Italy and prevented the German Army from transferring more fighting men to France.

Allied and Commonwealth troops landed in Italy in September 1943. They pushed north with many predicting that Italy would prove to be the `soft underbelly’ of Axis occupied Europe and 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.

On Saturday 11 May, marking the 75th anniversary of the start of the final battle of Monte Cassino, we will be commemorating the service and sacrifice of all who participated in the Italian Campaign at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Timings

There will be a tea and coffee reception for Italy Campaign veterans and invited guests beginning at 10:30 to be followed by a commemorative ceremony at 11:30. After the ceremony we ask that you join us as a guest of honour at a Lunch Reception at the NMA’s new Aspect events space.

 

General members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the ceremony and should arrive by 11:00.

Veteran Tours

Remembrance Travel, the travel arm of The Royal British Legion, and their travel partner, Arena Travel, have organised three Remembrance Tours commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Italy Campaign. One of these tours includes travel and accommodation to the National Memorial Arboretum for Monte Cassino 75. Under the LIBOR fines funding scheme they are free for veterans, who may be accompanied by up to two family members or carers. You can find out more on the Arena Travel website

Get in touch

If you are a veteran of the Italy Campaign of 1943 to 1945 and would like to attend Monte Cassino 75, please email commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk or phone 020 3053 7015.