The 70th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino was commemorated in the local Polish war cemetery by Italian and foreign representatives, including British Royal Prince Harry.
The battle was a key engagement of the Campaign of Italy. Its purpose was to break the German Gustav Line and liberate Rome. The Allied plans were complicated by the presence of the Monte Cassino Abbey, dating back to the VI century.
The German resistance proved stiff and the Abbey was ultimately bombed and destroyed. However, the Holy See didn’t officially protest, and although the German propaganda tried to exploit the episode, the Italian public remained mostly unmoved in its support of the Allied.