Re-enactment of British forces occupying the town of Monte Cassino, Italy, in World War II
Italy Date:1944 Duration:4 min 12 sec Sound:Yes
Montage of scenes recorded after the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War 2. Opening scene shows British 19th RHQ tank in Mignano Montelungo, as the 24th New Zealand Battalion re-enacts its entry into the ruins of Monte Cassino, on March 26, 1944. In this restaging, 24th Battalion infantrymen are shown moving through rubble of destroyed town, firing small arms and one throwing a hand grenade. Narrator identifies "Hangman's Hill," (which was held by the 1st battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles) at Monte Cassino. In this restaging , New Zealanders, scramble over rubble, and dig out a "wounded" comrade, while explosions occur in background. Medics "attend" to him. Other NZ troops fire small arms from behind rubble barriers. A huge explosion occurs in background. A British artillery piece (obscured by debris) fires rounds. Infantrymen fire small arms. A camouflaged British tank fires its gun. In change of scene, other British troops advance cautiously near a damaged building and take several German soldiers prisoner. View of the destroyed Monte Cassino monastery and castle on Castle Heights. Ruins of building adjacent to the "Hotel Excelsior,"below the castle. Several medics with Red Cross flag in distant rubble. Views from destroyed Monastery atop the mountain.
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