Monte CassinoThe Allies’ objective was Rome but the road from Naples to the Eternal City was dominated by the hill upon which stood the abbey of Monte Cassino, which had been fortified and integrated into the Gustav Line.
For four months the Allied forces, almost a quarter of a million strong, bombed and assaulted the exposed slopes of the hill and the battered ruins of the abbey of Monte Cassino, only to be repeatedly repelled with heavy losses.
The fighting was brutal and often hand-to-hand, with the Germans refusing to be driven from the dominating hilltop. Monte Cassino was finally taken on May 18, the Allies losing more than 50,000 men. The road to Rome had been kicked open. This 116-page special magazine tells the story of one of the most brutal battles of World War II.