Your Diary refers to British veterans with a very broad brush. In fact, it was clearly written specifically from the point of view of one organisation alone. The writer does not inform readers that the main grouping of British veterans visiting Italy in May of this year comprises former members of some of the most distinguished British and Commonwealth divisions that fought in Italy; for example, the 78th Division, with its Irish Brigade; the 4th Indian Division, the 8th Indian Division and the New Zealanders; also a strong contingent of the Royal Fusiliers.
These men understand that they will be marching in the same parade as the German contingent. They will all come together in an ambience of reconciliation, as requested by the Mayor of Cassino and the Abbot of Monte Cassino.
The Monte Cassino
World Veterans' Union
Bray, Co Wicklow
10 JanuaryReuse content