Reg's most vivid recollection of the war coming to an end is standing in one of the airfields his unit was making useable, and witnessing the might of the Allied airforces heading for Monte Cassino
We landed first in North Africa and then made our way through Sicily and on to Monte Cassino
The soldiers landed in Salerno and, in May 1944, Jan fought in the notorious final battle of Monte Cassino
, centred on the historic hill-top monastery occupied by Nazi paratroopers.
For next year's route, pilgrims will be heading in the opposite direction and will finish up at Monte Cassino
, where the Rule of St Benedict was formulated and governs how the Benedictine monks who reside at the abbey live their lives.
Lawrence, who turns 97 today, was one of the troops 75 years ago involved in the epic and bloody Battle of Monte Cassino
and earlier this month was one of the honoured veterans who attended a special Royal British Legion commemorative event at the National Memorial Arboretum.
At Monte Cassino
armed forces from six continents fought side by side.
The Italian tours will include a service of remembrance at Cassino
war cemetery, plus visits to the cemeteries at Anzio, Salerno and Beach Head as well as significant battle sites including Monte Cassino
Abbey; while those visiting the Arboretum will visit Cannock Chase cemetery and Staffordshire regiment museum as well as taking part in an act of remembrance.
Three days after, Benedict, while praying alone in his room, had a vision of his 'sister's soul ascending to heaven as a dove.' He requested his brother monks to bring her body on Monte Cassino
and laid it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.
During the Second World War, he fought in Italy, including the Battle of Ortona and the Battle of Monte Cassino
. Following the war, he joined the Primary Reserves as a Warrant Officer and served until 1970.
"One of the biggest battles in Italy was the battle for Monte Cassino
and a big monastery at the top of the hill.
"When the facts don't align with what people would like to believe, they often shift their perception of the facts, rather than re-evaluate their attitudes," Dan Cassino
, a poll analyst and FDU professor of political science, said in a statement.
In addition to Castel Gandolfo, the vice president also visited Monte Cassino
, site of the first Benedictine abbey, which was destroyed during World War II and later rebuilt.
Doherty details what he calls perhaps the hardest-fought battle of World War II in Western Europe: Monte Cassino
. It was not a single battle, he says, but a series of clashes beginning in January 1944--even December 1943 counting the prelude to the actions--and extending to early June 1944.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino
. It has been described as the bloodiest battle of the war and almost 220,000 were killed.
A POLISH ex-soldier who served at Monte Cassino
and settled in Huddersfield after the war has celebrated his 100th birthday.