Monte Cassino
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Monte Cassino


Artist : Nicolas Trudgian


20½" x 16½"  Unframed Print
Price £20.00


‘MONTE CASSINO’, with its commanding views overlooking the road to Rome, had for more than two thousand years been a site of religious and strategic importance. Since the 11th century it had been home to a magnificent monastery, a building of great importance in the history of the region, but the location of which during the Second World War was to prove its demise. The monastery gazed down upon Highway 6, the route of the Allied advance to the capital. Repeated artillery attacks on Allied assault troops led their leaders to believe, as it turned out, incorrectly, that the building was a stronghold of German defences. Consequently, on the 15th February 1944, it was almost completely destroyed by American-led air raids that killed Italian civilians, who were seeking refuge within its ancient walls, but no soldiers. Ironically, the ruins of the great building then provided excellent cover for German forces, including ‘Fallschirmjäger’ paratroopers of the 1st Parachute Division, depicted here in this evocative drawing. The Germans were finally driven from their positions, but at great cost. The capture of Monte Cassino resulted in 55,000 Allied casualties and 20,000 Germans, killed or wounded...Limited to 400 numbered prints worldwide signed by the Artist : Nicolas Trudgian...priced @ £20.00...Monte Cassino and Fallschirmjäger in Normandy Companion Pencil Prints are £20.00 each but the two companion prints are available as a matching numbered set priced @ £30.00...To complement the purchase of your fine art print, we are now able to offer a professional Picture Framing service. For further details please contact us by phone or email.

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