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Cassino: The “day after” of one of most fierce battles of the WW2. Spring 1944.

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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.

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22 Jan 44: Day 1 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. In an effort to end the costly stalemate at Monte Cassino, Italy, the US 5th Army lands two divisions against German forces at Anzio, 30 miles South of Rome. Although initial landings are very successful, failure to capitalize quickly will lead to months of heavy fighting. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0122&s=440122 #WWII

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ruins of monte cassino Google Image Result for http://scottsvillemuseum.com/wwii/veterans/williamschneiderphotos/WWII_MOUT_CassinoApr44b.jpg

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‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…

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The Abbey of Montecassino (Abbazia di Montecassino)

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MONTE CASSINO, 1944. New Zealand soldiers search a demolished house for snipers at Cassino, Italy, during World War II. Photographed January 1944.

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