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Battle of monte cassino
point 575 which had been providing supporting fire to the defenders of point 593. The assault failed, with the company sustaining 50 per cent casualties. The Rajputanas lost 196 officers and men, the 1/9th Gurkhas 149 and the 1/2nd Gurkhas.
31 Finally Clark, "who did not want the monastery bombed 32 pinned down the Commander-in-Chief Allied Armies in Italy, General Sir Harold Alexander, to take the responsibility: "I said, 'You give me a direct order and we'll do it and he did." 33 The bombing. The ravines were no better since the gorse growing there, far from giving cover, had been sown with mines, booby-traps and hidden barbed wire by the defenders. Edited by Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. Indian 4th Division attacked Monte Cassino, Italy, failing to make advances and suffering heavy casualties. During the day, German 29th Panzergrenadier Division and 90th Panzergrenadier Division arrived in the region as reinforcement. Cardinal Secretary of State called the bombing stupidity. These would have been a considerable advantage in Italy, for they would have given the Allies the potential to hook round German defensive lines. Fighter-bombers attacked the already-destroyed historic Benedictine monastery atop Monte Cassino, Italy. A position, in fact, north of the Anzio bridgehead". Indeed, sixteen bombs hit the Fifth Army compound at Presenzano 17 miles (27 km) from Monte Cassino and exploded only yards away from the trailer where Gen. 49 For the third battle, it was decided that whilst the winter weather persisted, fording the Garigliano river downstream of Cassino town was an unattractive option (after the unhappy experiences in the first two battles). The next 48 hours on the French front were decisive.