--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "Andy Golebiowski"
> The story of Monte Cassino is a very complex one. I urge anyone
interested to try to fully
> educate themselves on the topic.
> Andy Golebiowski
> Buffalo, NY
I agree Andy - whilst noting the the earlier comments others have
made (perhaps someone who was there would like to comment -
Romauld?), accounts I have read pretty much follow this admitedly
Two initial attempts by Polish forces to take Monte Cassino are
repulsed with massive casualties.
During the night prior to the third Polish assault, significant parts
of the former German defenders withdraw leaving only a light covering
force to look after the wounded. Polish troops attack and facing
little resistance take the ruins.
Perhaps, as is often the case,"the truth" is somewhere in between -
the Poles did not simply walk in unopposed, but equally the third
attempt was in no way on a par with the previous two attempts to take
what was left of the abbey.
Either way it does not detract from the magnificent fighting spirit
shown by the Polish forces, of which my grandfather was one.