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Photo:  View of Monastery and Castle Hill from Cassino town.

How do I pay a deposit?

A non-refundable £80 deposit per person is required to book a place.  All payments should be made in GB pound sterling, by cheque or electronic bank transfer, and made payable to cassinobattlefields. Final payment is due seven weeks before departure.

How large are the groups?

Group sizes range from 8-50.

What is included?

  • Minibus or coach transport from Ciampino or Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Capodichino Airport in Naples or Ancona Airport to all locations on the tour.  The vehicle will remain with the group throughout the event.
  • Bed and continental style breakfast each day in Cassino, Anzio, Rimini or Salerno.  All rooms are en-suite with wifi, TV and telephone.
  • A comprehensive briefing pack, issued per room booking, covering the background to and an overview of the battles for Cassino, Anzio, Gothic Line and Salerno.

What is excluded?

  • Travel to and from Ciampino/Fiumicino/Capodichino Airport/Ancona from UK or further afield.  This has to be arranged by the participant but allows greater flexibility for those travellers wishing to stay on in Rome or arrive early.
  • Lunch, snacks and evening meals.
  • Insurance.

Do I need a passport?

All participants require a valid passport.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you do need travel insurance and you will not be permitted to travel without it. Bookings will not be accepted without proof of travel insurance being sent with the Booking Form.  It is advisable to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (formerly E111).  Forms are available from the Post Office.

What happens if I cancel my tour?

Cancellation must be made in writing to cassinobattlefields.  The following charges will also apply:

Cancellation Period                    Charge

56-21 days prior to departure.        30%

20-14 days prior to departure.        75%

13-7 days prior to departure.          90%

Less than 7 days.                         No refund

Should cassinobattlefields cancel a tour, participants will be informed in writing and offered an alternative tour.  If this is unacceptable, a full refund of monies paid will be made.

What if I am already on holiday in Italy and merely wish to join the study tour?

If you already have accommodation in Italy and simply wish to join the tour, a reduce price is charged.  Equally, if you are already in Italy and have your own transport, the price is reduced still further.

When I have paid for my tour, what happens to my money?

Your payment is held safely in a Trust Account and is not paid to cassinobattlefields until after the tour has taken place.

Do I have to share a room?

No.  Charges for single and twin occupancy are different.

Reading List for Regiments & Corps involved in the Italian Campaign

History of the King's Dragoon Guards.  D McCorquodale, B Hutchings & A Woozley
A History of the 17th/21st Lancers 1922-1959.  RLV Blake
Second to None. History of the Royal Scots Greys 1919-45.  RMP Carver
The Grenadier Guards in the war of 1939-1945.  N Nicholson & P Forbes
Why the Grenadiers? A chaplain's memoirs of the Fifth Battalion Grenadier Guards, 1942-1945.  D Browning
The Coldstream Guards 1920-1946.  M Howard & J Sparrow
History of the Irish Guards in the Second World War.  D Fitzgerald
Welsh Guards at War.  LF Ellis
Historical Records of the Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment 1919-1948.  CRB Knight
History of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers in the Second World War.  CN Barclay
Always a Fusilier - the war history of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 1939-1945.  CN Parkinson
The Story of the King's Regiment, 1914-1948.  JJB Gaffney
The History of the Tenth Foot 1919-1945.  LC Gates
History of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) 1919-1945.  G Molesworth
Suspended animation - a short history of the 2nd Battalion the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment.  AC Young
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, 17th Foot, a history of the years 1928 to 1956.  W Underhill
The Story of the Green Howards 1939-1945.  WAT Synge
The History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1939-1945.  J Hallam
The History of the Royal Scots Fusiliers 1919-1959.  JC Kemp
The History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Second World War.  A Crookenden
The History of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 26th and 90th Volume 3.  1933-1946.  CN Barclay
The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Second World War.  F Fox
History of the East Surrey Regiment.  Volume 4.  1920-1952.  DS Daniell
The Surreys in Italy. GLA Squire & PGE Hill
The History of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 1939-45.  E Godfrey & R Goldsmith
History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment 1919-1952.  CN Barclay
A History of the Royal Sussex Regiment 1701-1953.  GD Martineau
History of The Queen’s Royal Regiment - Vol VIII 1924-1948.  Foster.
History of 2/6th Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment in the Italian Campaign. Anon
History of 2/7th Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment 1939-1946.  R Bullen
History of 2/5th Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment 1939-1945.  PN Tregonnring
Regimental History of the Royal Hampshire Regiment.  Volume 3.  1918-1954.  DS Daniell
The Black Watch and the King's Enemies.  B Fergusson
The Essex Regiment 1929-1950.  TA Martin
1/4 Essex - a Battalion of the Eighth Army.  D Beckett
The History of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) 1919-1957.  CN Barclay
The story of the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1939-1945.  JWA Masters
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) 1919-1953.  CGT Dean
The History of the Northamptonshire Regiment, 1934-1948.  WJ Jervois
The 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in Italy.  I McKee
History of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) 1920-1947.  G Blight
The Fighting Tenth - A short history of the 10th Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment.   DRC West
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1920-1950.  HD Chaplin
History of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1939-1948.  Volume 6.  GF Ellenberger
The History of the Corps of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Volume 3. 1881-1968.  J Moulsdale
The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) 1919-1952.  PK Kemp
The Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Volume 7. 1943-1965.  GH Mills & RF Nixon
The Story of the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) the 62nd and 99th Foot (1756-1959).  NCE Kendrick
The North Staffordshire Regiment.  H Cook
The York and Lancaster Regiment volume 3 1919-1953.  OF Shepherd
The DLI at War - the history of the Durham Light Infantry 1939-1945.  D Rissik
Seaforth Highlanders.  J Sym
6th Gordons.  1939-45.  CGT Dean
Historical Records of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Volumes 5 and 6.  Anon
Charlie Company - in service with C Company 2nd Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, 1940-44.  P Cochrane
History of the Royal Irish Rifles volume 3.  C Graves
The Royal Irish Rifles 1793-1957.  MJ Corbally
London Irish Rifles 1859-1959. MJ Corbally
London Irish at War - A History of the Battalions of the London Irish Rifles in World War II.  
Fling Our Banner to the Wind.  J Horsfall
The Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1793-1968.  M Cunliffe
History of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - 1st Battalion, 1939-1954.  RCB Anderson
The Rifle Brigade in the Second World War, 1939-1945.  R Hastings
History of the Corps of Royal Engineers 1938-1948.  Volume 9 Sicily & Italy.  R Pakenham-Walsh
The Tiger Triumphs - The Story of Three Great Divisions in Italy.  GR Stevens 
The 51st Royal Tank Regiment: Morley, Tunisia and Italy, 1939-1945.  R Addyman
A Short History of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, from the outbreak of the war.  GR Brocklebank
The 4th Indian Division.  GR Stevens
They Did What Was Asked of Them.  41 (Royal Marines) Commando, 1942-1946.  R Mitchell
The Heat of Battle.  16 DLI in WW2.  P Hart
History of the Commandos in the Mediterranean Sep 43-May 45.  Anon
Commandos and Rangers of World War II.   JD Ladd
War Chronicles.  Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire LI.  Volume 3.  July 1942-May 1944.  JEH Neville
Darby's Rangers.  JJ Altieri
Battleaxe Division.  From Africa to Italy with the 78th Division 1942-45.  K Ford
The Rock of Anzio.  A History of the US 45th Infantry Division.  F Whitlock
The Blue Devils in Italy.  JP Delaney 
History of the 85th Infantry Division in World War II.  Schultz
The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 1919–1965.   RH Roy
North Irish Horse Battle Report, North Africa-Italy 1943-1945.  Anon 
North Irish Horse.  R Docherty
History of the First Division : Anzio Campaign, January-June 1944 
British Army Communications in the Second World War: Lifting the Fog of Battle.  S Godfrey
Larkhill's Wartime Locators - RA Survey in the Second Wold War'.  M Mangilli-Climpson
“The Kensingtons” Princess Louise’s Kensington Regiment Second World War.  Anon
The Army Medical Services, Campaigns, Volume 3: Sicily, Italy, Greece (1944-45).  FAE Crew
Allied Military Administration in Italy 1943-45.  CRS Harris
A History of the Fifth Army.  CG Starr
Front of the Line.  Adventures with the Irish Brigade.  C Gunner
The First Divisional Artillery at Anzio.  Anon
The Fourth Division 1939 to 1945.  H Williamson
The Black Cats at War.  D Williams
The London Scottish in the Second World War.  CN Barclay  
The Fifth British Division.  G Aris
The Royal Artillery Commemoration Book, 1939-1945.  WE Duncan
The Rajputana Rifles; a History of the Regiment 1775-1947. MG Abhayankar
History of the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles. JN Mackay
Allied Fighting Effectiveness in North Africa and Italy 1942-1945.  AL Hargreaves, PJ Rose and MC Ford
A Bloody Road Home.  World War Two and New Zealand's Historic Second Division.  C Pugsley
8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1939-47.  AD Malcolm
Letters from a Soldier.  W Robson
Shabash 149.  The war story of the 149th Regiment RA 1939-1945. EW Capleton
The Army Medical Services.  Campaigns Volume 3.  FA Crew
History of the Queen's Bays 1929-1945.  WR Beddington
The Raiders.  The Army Commandos 1940-46.  R Neillands
Nothing Much to Lose - 43 Commando Royal Marines.  M McConville
The Galloping Third. The story of the 3rd King's Own Hussars.  H Bolitho
9 Gurkha Rifles:  A Regimental History (1817-1947).  P Chaudhuri
Seaforth Highlanders: a fighting soldier remembers.  J Stockman
Reading List for generalist books on the Italian Campaign

Monte Cassino.  The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II.  M Parker
Monte Cassino.  A German View.  R Bohmler
The Battles of Monte Cassino - Then & Now.  J Plowman & P Rowe
The Battles of Monte Cassino.  The Campaign and its Controversies.  G Harper & J Tonkin-Covell
Cassino.  Portrait of a Battle.  F Majdalany
The Battle of Monte Cassino.  F Majdalany
Even the Brave Falter.  ED Smith
The Day of Battle.  R Atkinson
Alexander's Generals.  G Blaxland
The Italian Campaign 1943-45.  GA Shepperd
Mediterranean Safari.  March 1943 to October 1944.  AP de T Daniell
Indian Armed Forces in World War II.  Campaign in Italy.  Dharm Pal
The Battle for Italy.  WGF Jackson
Rough Road to Rome.  A Foot-Soldier in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44.  D Cole
Return to Cassino.  HL Bond
The Battle for Italy.  WGF Jackson
Neither fear nor hope.  F von Sender und Etterlin
Combat Commander: Autobiography of a Soldier.  E Harmon
They fought at Anzio.  JSD Eisenhower
Wartime Wanderers - a football team at war.  T Purcell and M Gething
Allied Military Administration in Italy 1943-45.  CRS Harris
Through the Hitler Line. Memoirs of an Infantry Chaplain.  LF Wilmot
The Commandos in Action at Salerno. TBL Churchill. Army Quarterly, Vol LI Number 2 Jan 1946
Freyberg:  Churchill's Salamander.  L Barber and J Tonkin-Covell
Agony at Anzio.  The Allies' Most Controversial and Bizarre Operation of World War II.  WB Bruer
The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby.  A Bowlby
No need to worry - memoirs of an army conscript 1941-46.  P Moore
Rome fell today.  R Alderman & G Walton
Slightly out of focus.  R Capa
A guide to the battlefields of Europe Volume 2.  D Chandler
Death in Rome. R Katz 
The Rome Escape Line.  S Derry
The Liberator.  A Kershaw
Blood and Champagne The Life and Times of Robert Capa.  A Kershaw
General Mud.  ELM Burns
Mailed Fist – The 6th Armoured Division at War 1940-1945.  K Ford
Invasion Diary. R Tregaskis
Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Volume II,  The Canadians in Italy 1943-1945
Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War.  Italy.  Volume 1.  NC Phillips
Engineers in the Italian Campaign 1943-1945.  DC Bailey
Brave Men.  E Pyle
Commissioned Barges.  The Story of the Landing Craft.  T Blore
Calculated Risk.  MW Clark
Approach to Battle.  F Tuker
Anzio.  L Clark
Major DM (John) Kennedy MC: A Tribute.  R Jocelyn
Circles of Hell.
 E Morris
Something about a Soldier.  C Burteel
Anzio Beachhead.  Diary of a Signaller.  T Roe
The War in Italy 1939-1945.  R Lamb
German Defences in Italy in World War II.  N Short
Whicker's War.  A Whicker
Tug of War.  The Battle for Italy 1943-45.  D Graham & S Bidwell
Eighth Army.  From the Western Desert to the Alps, 1939-1945.  R Neillands
War on the Ground 1939-1945.  CJ Bruce
Battle for Monte Cassino.  G Forty
Hand of Steel.  R Butler
Oliver Leese.  R Ryder
Mark Clark.  M Blumenson
Crossing the Rapido.  A tragedy of World War II.  D Schultz
War Diaries 1939-1945.  Alanbrook
Settling the Bill.  W Dugdale
Armoured Warfare in the Italian Campaign 1934-1945.  A Tucker-Jones 
Loopy.  An autobiography.  G Kennard
The War North of Rome.  June 1944-May 1945.  TR Broins
The Bombing War.  Richard Overy
The Path to Victory.  The Mediterranean Theater in World War II.  D Porch
They came to a monastery.  The Final Battle.  R Flemington
Hitler's Mediterranean Gamble.  D Porch
Sideshow War.  The Italian Campaign 1943-1945.  GF Botjer
War in Italy.  Lord Carver
Hitler's Italian Allies.  MacG Knox
'My God' Soldiers.  From Alamein to Vienna.  P Howarth
US Army in World War II.  Mediterranean Theater of Operations.  Salerno to Cassino.  M Blumenson
Eighth Army in Italy 1943-45.  The Long Hard Slog.  R Docherty
And No Birds Sang.  F Mowat
Dogface Soldier.  The life of General Lucian K Truscott Jr.  WA Heefner
War, Wool & Westminster:  The Front Line Memoirs of Sir Paul Bryan.  P Bryan
From Texas to Rome: A General's Journal.  FL Walker
The Fortress: A diary of Anzio and after.  R Trevelyan
The perilous road to Rome via Tunis.  E Grace
The German Army in the West.  S Westphal
Command Missions.  A Personal Story.  LK Truscott
Major DM (John) Kennedy MC: A tribute.  R Jocelyn
Anzio: An expected fury.  BT Batsford
Anzio, the gamble that failed.  M Blumenson
The Battle of Anzio. TR Fehrenbach
The Race for Rome. D Kurzman
D Day Dodger.  JM Lee Harvey
The sky suspended.  J Bailey
Infantry Brigadier.  H Kippenberger
Trail of Hope.  N Davies
A Doctor of Sorts.  In Peace & War.  VJ Downie
Ever your own, Johnnie, Sicily and Italy, 1943-45.  N Kemp 
Time at War.  N Mosley
The Mirror of Monte Cavallara. R Ward
The Stretcher Bearers. DA Gordon
Allied Fighting Effectiveness in North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945.  AL Hargreaves, PJ Rose and MC Ford
My War is Not Over.  H Shindler and M Patucchi
A Vatican Lifeline '44.  WC Simpson
Rome Escape Line.  SI Derry
Brute Force.  J Ellis
The Economics of World War II.  M Harrison
The German Army 1933-1945 - Its political and military failure.  M Cooper
Memoirs.  A Kesselring
Inside the Third Reich.  A Speer
The Sharp End.  The fighting man in World War II.  J Ellis
Hitler as a military commander.  J Strawson
Vessel of Sadness.  W Woodruff
To hell and back.  A Murphy
With the Eighth in Italy.  L Melling
Salerno Remembered.  G Curtis
Other Losses.  An investigation into the mass deaths of German prisoners of war after World War 2.  J Bacque
Where Bleed the Many.  G Dunning
The Unwomanly Face of War. S Alexievich
Mussolini and his Generals.  The Armed Forces and Fascist Foreign Policy 1922-1940.  J Gooch
They jumped at midnight.  W Breuer
Stand in the door!  CH Doyle & T Stewart 
Mussolini Warlord.  Failed Dreams of Empire, 1940-1943.  JH Burgwyn
Silver wings & a gold star.
  ED McCall
A Corporal once.  LC Inglesby
At War on the Gothic Line.  C Jennings
Eggs or Anarchy.  W Sitwell
SAS Operation Gall.  R Hann
Peace and War.  W Newby
Albert Kesseling.  PP Battistelli
Broken Images.  J Guest
Love and war in the Apennines.  E Newby
Medical units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy.  JB McKinney
Churchill's Colonel.  C Barne
Everything worked like cockwork.  The mechanisation of British Regular and Household Cavalry 1918-1942.  R Salmon
History of the Fallscirm Panzerkorps Hermann Goring.  F Kurowski
Mussolini's War.  J Gooch
With the Eight Army in Italy.  L Melling

Photo:  Frank de Planta in June 2016 explaining the II (PO) Corps attack on Point 593.  Guy Stone.

Photo:  Aerial photograph of the targets in Rome in 1944.  Col Heydon Buchanan US Army.  15th Army Group Intelligence Staff

Photo:  Group just below Point 593, the Carpathian Memorial in May 2022.







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