The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four battles during the Second World War, fought against the Germans and Italians with the intention of breaking through to seize Rome. On 15th February the historic hilltop abbey of Monte Cassino, high on a peak overlooking the town of Cassino, was destroyed by 1,400 tons of bombs dropped by American bombers. The bombing was based on the fear that the abbey was being used as a lookout post for the German defenders.
In February 1944 the artist, aged 22, was commanding No.1 Platoon 'A' Company, 6th The Black Watch.
Where to see this painting?
The Black Watch Castle & Museum
Hay Street, Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, PH1 5HR
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.