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 here at the National Memorial Arboretum.Read more