The Battle of Monte Cassino was actually a series of 4 assaults that took place January through May, 1944 in and around the town of Cassino, Italy. Monte Cassino itself was the medieval abbey located high on a mountain overlooking the town. Mistakenly thinking that the Germans were using it as a lookout position, the abbey was bombed in February, 1944 using the US B-17, B-25, B-26 bombers.
Ironically, it was only after the bombing that the Germans decided that the abbey’s ruins made good cover and began to occupy it as a lookout. This actually made it harder for the Allied troops to dislodge them.
A diverse Allied force spent several months trying to do so. This scene depicts the battered Polish patrol that finally made it to the abbey’s ruins on May 18, 1944 and the few wounded German troops that had been unable to escape. The Polish flag is being raised in triumph.
This scene is dedicated to my Opa, who served as a B-25 bomber pilot in the European Theater during WW2.
About this creation
A view of the courtyard from the top floor of the abbey (aka the middle floor before the Allied bombing).
Another view of the courtyard.
A wounded German soldier.
A chunk of the abbey fell off and trapped this poor fellow.
A view of the broken fountain. (Thank you, Lucas, for this wonderful technique!)
A Polish soldier helps a wounded German.
Inside wall of abbey and courtyard.
Outside wall of abbey, with artillery crater and flaming tree in foreground.
Ah! So that's what a 105mm shell does.
It used to be a luscious garden...now it's just a receptacle for a fallen column.
A view through the abbey's sanctuary window of the German's makeshift hospital inside.
Two wounded Germans and a makeshift IV drip (my own technique!)
Overhead view of hospital.
Close-up: wounded German soldier and IV drip.
German communications room. Note the enigma machine and radio. (Ok, fine, I took some editorial license with the enigma machine in a bombed out abbey...but you've got to admit it's pretty cool, right?)
The German officer's room. I love this "messy bed" technique. It reminds me of my own bed.
A view of the radio and lamp in the officer's room.
The former middle floor of the abbey is now the roof. This is a Polish soldier preparing to plant the Polish flag atop the abbey.
Wounded German next to his machine gun.
This guy pulled out his Luger and prepared to make a final stand. That didn't turn out too well, as you see.
Another terrific MOC about a lesser-known (at least to my students) WW2 battle. We all love your work. Your MOCs are great examples of what non-traditional school history projects can look like. Nice attention to detail. Accurate, factual background info that shows you've done your research. Keep 'em coming!