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Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino

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The Cassino War Cemetery is a war grave cemetery in the commune of Cassino, Province of Frosinone, 139km south-east of Rome, Italy.Of the burials, 289 servicemen are unidentified. Within the cemetery stands the Cassino Memorial which commemorates over 4,000 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the Italian campaign and whose graves are not known.Cassino MemorialWhenever possible, these war memorials were placed within military cemeteries near the theatres of operations. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian Campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome. The majority of those buried in the war cemetery died in the battles during these months. there are 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Cassino War Cemetery. From Canada, 194 servicemembers are honoured on the Cassino Memorial.One soldier memorialized on the cenotaph is Yeshwant Ghadge (1921–1944), who served in the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry in the British Indian Army. For gallantry against the enemy, Ghadge was awarded the Victoria Cross.
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  • In terms of New Zealand history in Italy, every visiting New Zealander to Italia should try and visit Cassino and the Allied War Cemetery. It is a short distance out from town and the train station, a...  more »
  • Lucky enough to bring my grandfather, a cassino veteran, here on our trip. Really beautifully kept and a fabulous monument. Really brings home a part of the war that is seldom spoken of, 50000 troops ...  more »
  • 4266 British & Commonwealth serviceman are buried here, 284 unknown & over 4000 with no known grave are commemorated on memorial plaques. Many of those buried here died in 1944. Good views of the Mona...  more »
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  • We came to the cemetery on a family pilgrimage of 13 people to visit the grave of my husband's grandfather who was killed in the Battle of Montecassino in 1944. I was incredibly moved by my experience. It was so very meaningful to find his grave and to spend some quiet time there. I also spent a long time walking amongst the other graves and reading who the Allied servicemen were, their battalions and where and when they fell. I was particularly moved by the graves which were grouped together - for all of the members of Air Force flight crews who died together when their planes were shot down. There are engraved walls too with names of the servicemen who were lost with no body found to bury and some other striking memorial structures too. There is a little sanctuary space over on the left hand wall of the cemetery with a Visitors' book where you can mark your visit and leave a message. It was incredibly hot when we visited - there are some trees to rest in a bit of shade and the sanctuary gives a reflective, cooler roofed space. "Enjoy" would be the wrong word, but I had a very emotional and meaningful visit which meant a lot to me. It was quite something to be able to show my children their great grandfather's grave and explain to them the bravery and sacrifices made for us to give us our lives and freedom today. I highly recommend a visit it
  • Here is where enemy dead soldiers lie and rest. They came in Italy to invade it, they bombed our cities, our houses, our schools, our monuments, they destroyed Montecassino Abbey, and they made every kind of terrible violence against civilians in Ciociaria region, that is just behind Cassino. They were our enemies, and they still are. We'll never forget their cruelty.
  • I think that the experience of visiting the war cemetery might be different for everybody, depending on their nationality, age and willingness to feel into the atrocities of a war. For me it was a huge experience of sadness and anger: so many young men had to die because of the craziness of a dictator! It is a deep experience to see all the gravestones lined up in all directions. It seems endless, the testimony of wasted lives, of suffering, horror and death.
  • This cemetery is maintained to a high standard by the Commonwealth war Graves commission. It is a very moving place, made more so by the fact that my uncle fought in the battles for Cassino but luckily survived the war. Also noticeable are the large number of Indian names on the memorials. It wasn't just the British that fought and died. Worth a visit if you are interested in history or want to be reminded about the cost of war. Recommended.
  • Very well kept, great atmosphere, with excellent view of the Abbey.

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