- Hi Jerry, I’ve just read your post and hope you managed your second Monte Cassino trek. I’m interested because it is also on my ‘to do’ list, for theMessage 1 of 4 , Jun 28, 2012View Source
I’ve just read your post and hope you managed your second Monte Cassino trek. I’m interested because it is also on my ‘to do’ list, for the usual reason, wanting to follow in the footsteps of a grandfather. He was 47 at the time of the battle, in the 9 Supply Company, 2 Warszawska Armoured Division, and from photographs and videos, I can’t imagine how he managed that terrain. He survived.
When I followed my maternal grandfather’s route through northern France, one of the annoying things was that I was never quite sure of the way his unit from the 1PAD had gone. If you have an exact route, i would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of the map. I had been prepared to walk the main route, thinking others were probably overgrown by now. Hopefully Snake’s Head Ridge is a shape and not a reality, but I will find a large stick and do the old African trick of banging on the path as I walk.
Good on you for attempting it!
Three weeks ago, I "did" Monte Cassino; I paid my homage, but what I saw and felt there haunts me. If they went up those slopes burdened by arms and ammunition and facing death – surely, the least I can do is follow their footsteps, their bloody paths to glory or death. Only my age burdens me, but even this I can alleviate with pain killers and vitamins. They faced German mines, machineguns, mortars, artillery… all I will face is the wrath of rattlesnakes in their love-making season, ticks, loose rock, overgrown and forgotten paths, vertigo… All, how insignificant in the context.
I am setting out on 24 June for Monte Cassino again and have in mind to walk the Inferno Valley, "Droga Polskich Saperow" – as far as it is still accessible, Point 593, 575, "Gardziel", descend into the "Valley of Death", get onto the Phantom Ridge, Snakes Head Ridge, perhaps Mount Cairo – 1660 metres high… Can I do it? How far will I get? Frankly, for the first time in nine years of travel with a rucksack "In the footsteps of our fathers" – I am a little bit scared.
I am doing this to raise funds for of Our Roots Trust, but before I ask for any support, let me first get back, see what I have been able to do, how far I was able to get – it's easy to want, easy to set out…
One thing I am pretty sure I will be able to do for some K-S Members. If perhaps someone dear to your heart lies in the Monte Cassino Cemetery – I can visit the grave, take photo, perhaps lay one or two Czerwone Maki on the grave. If you would like me to do that, please email me directly at rootstrust@....
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- I have done Monte Cassino. I have walked all the paths our fathers had walked in those memorable days of May 1944. It s an unforgettable and shatteringMessage 2 of 4 , Mar 16 9:52 AMView SourceI have done Monte Cassino. I have walked all the paths our fathers had walked in those memorable days of May 1944. It's an unforgettable and shattering experience, I still can't get over it and I need to go back again. I have written my story now and will be happy to share it with you.I will post photos a little later.
Jerry / Slawek Kubica
- FOOTPRINTS ON MONTE CASSINO published by Our Roots Trust (ORT) is now available in e-book format on Amazon Kindle. It contains my story and 44 photographs,Message 3 of 4 , Nov 22, 2013View Source
"FOOTPRINTS ON MONTE CASSINO" published by Our Roots Trust (ORT) is now available in e-book format on Amazon Kindle. It contains my story and 44 photographs, including 19 B&W from the time of the battle. For the background and the Contents see www.ourrootstrust.org/monte_cassino_69.html If you decide to download the book perhaps you could also write a review or comments good or bad. (If you don't have a Kindle reader, you can download "Kindle for PC" software for free onto your PC directly from Amazon or via Google.) Printed paperback will be available in February. All proceeds go to the ORT charity.