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Aerial View of Monte Cassino during the Third Battle - March 1944

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Aerial View of Monte Cassino during the Third Battle - March 1944

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Description: The station attack at Cassino: 1, 19 Regiment Battle HQ; 2, The crossroads; 3, 4, Beswick's tanks, knocked out and set on fire; 5, Hubbard's tank, overturned off road; 6, Milne's tank, disabled but fighting

Armoured assistance for the infantry in Cassino on the 16th was restricted, like so much else, by the difficulties of ingress. It was only through pluck and persistence that any arrived at all; and it was a judgment on the bombing plan that it came not from the north through the town, where the tanks were only a few hundred yards away, but from the east across the Rapido.

The tanks of B Squadron 19 Armoured Regiment at the north western entrance to the town and along the eastern boundary road could not improve their positions during the day. Though under continual fire themselves, they gave what support they could to the infantry at Cassino, but from lack of regular contact this was little enough. When the squadron was relieved by 11 and 12 Troops of C Squadron in the afternoon, it was found that only three of its tanks could move out of the town. Seven of them, stuck fast or damaged, had to be left behind in the charge of C Squadron until they could be conveniently recovered.


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