Ruins of the Town of Cassino, Italy, April 1944. The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four WWII battles fought by the Allies between January 17, 1944 and May 19, 1944. The Allies intent was to break through German lines and seize Rome. These operations resulted in casualties of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers and destroyed the historic abbey of Monte Cassino and the town below.

Ruins of the Town of Cassino, Italy, April 1944. The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four WWII battles fought by the Allies between January 17, 1944 and May 19, 1944. The Allies intent was to break through German lines and seize Rome. These operations resulted in casualties of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers and destroyed the historic abbey of Monte Cassino and the town below.

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 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.

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.

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,

In an epic battle American soldiers - then British, Indian, New Zealanders, Polish, and French - clawed their way up the flinty slopes of 1700-ft Monte Cassino.

In an epic battle American soldiers - then British, Indian, New Zealanders, Polish, and French - clawed their way up the flinty slopes of 1700-ft Monte Cassino.

A New Zealand sniper positions himself amongst the ruins and takes aim with his rifle during the Battle of Monte Cassino. The Battle of Monte 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. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Cassino, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. 26 March 1944.

A New Zealand sniper positions himself amongst the ruins and takes aim with his rifle during the Battle of Monte Cassino. The Battle of Monte 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. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. Cassino, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. 26 March 1944.

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