Updated: May 17, 2019
Attention! All tourists in Kraków!
On May 18, at 12 a.m. after the traditional bugle call, we will also hear the “Red Poppies on Monte Cassino. . .”
75 years ago, on 18 May 1944, after extremely fierce battles, the 2nd Polish Corps led by General Władysław Anders captured the hill of Monte Cassino and its monastery. In the battle 923 Polish soldiers died, 2931 were wounded and 345 were missing.
519 meters above sea level, the Monte Cassino Hill. Not high, but strategic in 1944, when the Allied forces clashed with the German army. General Anders was in charge of the Second Corps of the Polish Army and it was his soldiers who hung a white and red flag on the hill on May 18, after the capitulation of Germany.
A few hours later, at noon, the melody of the Krakow bugle call came from the hill.
It was Emil Czech, a soldier and at the same time a trumpeter, who served in Krakow before the war, who played the Polish victoria in this way. He stood with his trumpet by his mouth on the ruins of an almost completely destroyed Benedictine abbey, which had functioned here for over 500 years.
After the war, the Order was rebuilt and Monte Cassino became one of the most important symbols of the determination of Polish soldiers.
The Polish Embassy in Rome is organizing the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino with the participation of the highest Polish authorities and veterans of the 2nd Polish Corps, General Władysław Anders. The main celebrations will take place at the cemetery in Monte Cassino, where, according to tradition, the Krakow bugle call will be played.
The Chancellery of the President of the City of Krakow on the day of the celebrations, Saturday, 18 May, took the initiative to play the song “Red poppies on Monte Cassino"; from the St. Mary's Tower after the Krakow bugle call after 12.00 am.
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