Soldiers gather at Monte Cassino to remember 'forgotten battle'

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Old soldiers gathered beneath the craggy mountain redoubt of Monte Cassino in Italy on Friday to commemorate one of the forgotten battles of the Second World War.

Monte Cassino's sixth century monastery was wrested from its stubborn German defenders in May 1944 after five months of savage fighting, but two weeks later the bloody victory was eclipsed by the success of the D-Day landings.

Sixty five years on, the dwindling band of British and Allied survivors of the campaign are calling for their sacrifices, and those of the 4,600 Allied soldiers who died in the battle, to finally be recognised.

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