Monument in honor of the Battle of Monte Cassino
Poland, Warsaw

The monument in honor of the Battle of Monte Cassino is located in the business part of the capital, on the square between Anders and Krasinsky Gardens, near the entrance to the National Archaeological Museum. The monument was unveiled in 1999 in memory of the soldiers of the 2nd Polish Corps, who in 1944, after fierce battles that continued for several weeks in the Monte Cassino mountain region in central Italy, captured the monastery, which the Germans used as a fortress. This allowed the Allies to open the road to Rome. The 2nd Polish Corps consisted of former prisoners. Under the leadership of General Anders, Ukrainians and Belarusians, who called themselves Poles, also fought in it, just to break out of the camps. Therefore, the monument is dedicated not just to the Poles, but to all the dead participants in the battle of Monte Cassino. The monument is made of reinforced concrete and covered with white marble. This is a 12-meter column in the form of the headless ancient Greek goddess Nika, who is considered the goddess of victory. When looking at the column, it seems as if it was tormented and wounded in battle. Nearby on a two-meter base there is an urn with the ashes of the dead heroes, on which the Monte Cassino cross is visible and the coats of arms of five Polish units taking part in the battle are carved. It is known that in that battle 924 soldiers were killed, and 4,199 were injured. Flowers are still brought here in memory of those who died in that terrible bloody battle. Many people come from other countries to see with their own eyes the place where the ashes of their ancestors who fought in the 2nd Polish Corps are stored.

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