Thursday, 11 March 2010
The view today
This photo is from amongst ancient ruins near the top of Monte Trocchio, the Allied observation post, looking towards Cassino, with Monte Cassino and the Abbey behind. The highest mountain in the photo is Monte Cairo, which was under heavy snow during the battles of Cassino.
A visiting veteran soldier once told me that from Trocchio they thought they could see everything, but after the bombing when he stood in the ruins of the Abbey he was astounded at how much more the Germans had been able to see from Monte Cassino and Point 593.
Point or Hill 593 is the map name assigned to the hill behind the abbey. Today, while still giving 360° views, is the site of a particularly poignant Polish monument.