01/04/2019 05/05/2019

Royal Łazienki Museum exhibition commemorates Battle of Monte Cassino

An exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino opened on Monday in the open-air gallery of the Warsaw's Royal Łazienki Museum.

The "Monte Cassino. On the 75th Anniversary of the Battle" exhibition was officially opened on Monday by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński. Also in attendance at the official inauguration of the open-air presentation were, among others, New Zealand's Ambassador to Poland Mary Patricia Thurston, Royal Łazienki Museum Director Zbigniew Wawer and veterans.

Organised in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, the exhibition focuses on the political-historical aspects of the fighting and the role played by the Polish II Corps under the command of General Władysław Anders.

Through the presentation of large-scale photographic reproductions, enlarged from pictures taken during the fighting and the aftermath of the battle, viewers will be able to follow the fate of the Polish soldiers and learn about the sequence of events which led them to the Italian massif. In a precise manner, the exhibition brings people closer to the course of events in one of the heaviest and bloodiest battles of WWII.

Images included in the exhibition were sourced from numerous world collections, including from London's Imperial War Museum, The Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London, New Zealand's National Library, the archives of the town of Cassino, the archives of the French Ministry of Defence, as well as photographs from a number of Polish collections and institutions.

The outdoor exhibition will be on display until May 5, 2019.