Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

NZ Vets Arrive In Cassino - North By North-West

NZ Vets Arrive in Cassino
North By North-West

By Selwyn Manning in Italy


Click for big version

CASSINO, ITALY -- New Zealand World War II veterans have arrived at the place of a famous battle at Monte Cassino, Italy.

The veterans arrived in the early hours of Monday morning New Zealand time to prepare for a week of commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the battle.

It was an emotional moment for many of the veterans when they first sighted the foreboding Abbey atop a mountain peek and looking down over the town of Cassino.

For several months in 1944, a multinational allied force strove to take the Abbey off the occupying German army.

Throughout this time, the Abbey was the all seeing eye from where the Germans watched the allies every move.

Thousands died on all sides. The Abbey was bombed and totally destroyed on the recommendation of General Freyburg, only to be rebuilt after the war.

Reports continuing...

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Kīngitanga: 160 Years Of Māori Monarchy

New Zealand’s Māori king, Te Arikinui Kiingi Tūheitia, recently celebrated 160 years since the installation of the first Māori monarch, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, at Ngāruawāhia on the Waikato River in 1858. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Kavanaugh Case And Women’s Suffrage

On suffrage day when – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite all the attempts to ignore and silence them. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely To Vote For Simon Bridges?

Around the world, young people seem to be gravitating to left wing policies and parties, leaving the old to prop up the conservative parties... the size of the gap suggests there’s more involved to this evolution than the usual clichés about the young being idealistic and the old being more realistic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fuss Over The PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Truly, the abuse being levelled at PM Jacinda Ardern for doing her job at the Pacific Islands Forum shows just how much – and on how many levels – Ardern seems to enrage a goodly number of citizens. More>>