Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Feb

5

1944

Under shellfire in the shadow of Cassino

A New Zealand anti-tank gun in action against German positions on Monastery Hill

Sleep under such conditions was a problem but there was plenty of rough red wine so each night we sat around the stove in the light of a hurricane lamp drinking and talking until sodden with wine we would go to bed on the floor and fall asleep. But the shelling always woke us up; no one could sleep through the noise and there was nothing we could do except grin and bear it.