Monte Cassino anniversary at NMA
WWII

Battle Of Monte Cassino: 75th Anniversary Marked With Ceremony

75,000 soldiers were killed during the 123-day battle. 

Monte Cassino anniversary at NMA

(Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).

A ceremony has taken place in Staffordshire to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino during the Second World War.

More than 20,000 Allied and Commonwealth forces fought in the battle 120 kilometres south-east of Rome in Italy.

The 123-day battle, which began in January 1944, witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War.

75,000 soldiers were killed during the battle. 

Monte Cassino's monastery was reduced to rubble as it was bombed by Allies who believed the Germans were using it as an observation point.

However, the monastery was rebuilt just ten years later. 

Monte Cassino anniversary at NMA
(Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).

The battle, which ended on 18 May 1944 after Polish soldiers reached the top of Monte Cassino, is considered as one of the most important military operations during the Second World War.

Five years ago, Prince Harry travelled to Italy for a remembrance service to mark the battle's 70th anniversary. 

A service will be held on Saturday to mark the battle's 75th anniversary.