The Battle of Monte Cassino: The Road to Rome

The Battle of Monte Cassino consisted of four assaults by Allied forces in an attempt to breakthrough the Axis forces in Italy and reach Rome. The battle lasted for 123 days between 17 January and 18 May 1944 and ended with the successful capture of Monte Cassino and the Axis forces being driven from their positions.

Despite their tactical victory, the Allied troops suffered 55,000 casualties compared to 20,000 Axis casualties. In this video, Monte Cassino veteran Jim Knox describes his harrowing experiences in the Independent Parachute Brigade during the battle.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.