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Dudley couple off to Italy for battle anniversary

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

By Jim Aston

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I HAVE read in The Bugle about the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

But there are also other anniversaries this year, one in May and one in June. Both are 70th anniversaries.

The first is the Monte Cassino Battle on May 18, 1944, which I was involved in, and the other was the Second Front in June 1944.

This May my wife and I are flying to Italy with members of the Monte Cassino Society. With us will be both veterans and relatives of men who were in the last battle to drive the Germans out of their stronghold.

The Abbey was almost totally destroyed and it took ten years to rebuild it.

The Monte Cassino Society was formed some time ago by a veteran and now the secretary is Judith Coote from Looe, Cornwall, whose father was also in the battle, but sadly passed away a few years ago.

There are not many of the veterans still alive today.

By the way, this is our third visit to Monte Cassino, we went for the 60th and 65th anniversaries.

Jim Aston,

7 Coleridge Rise, Dudley.

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