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75 years ago today, the Polish II Corps made a decisive night attack on the abbey at Monte Casino at the start of the final battle that lasted for 4 days. Here is Second Lieutenant Kazimierz Gurbiel and his troops from the 12th Podolski Lancers (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division), the first allied patrol to reach the abbey on 18th of May 1944. Note the gum boots!

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75 years ago today, the Polish II Corps made a decisive night attack on the abbey at Monte Casino at the start of the final battle that lasted for 4 days. Here is Second Lieutenant Kazimierz Gurbiel and his troops from the 12th Podolski Lancers (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division), the first allied patrol to reach the abbey on 18th of May 1944. Note the gum boots!

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...any fool can rough it!
 
75 years ago today, the Polish II Corps made a decisive night attack on the abbey at Monte Casino at the start of the final battle that lasted for 4 days. Here is Second Lieutenant Kazimierz Gurbiel and his troops from the 12th Podolski Lancers (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division), the first allied patrol to reach the abbey on 18th of May 1944. Note the gum boots!

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Amazing picture quality. Is Big Ned a digital camera-wielding time traveller?

(The proof will be when he denies it....).
 
Amazing picture quality. Is Big Ned a digital camera-wielding time traveller?

(The proof will be when he denies it....).
The photo carries a caption bottom left with the name of the photographer that colourised the original. His work is outstanding, more of which can be seen here.

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The original I assume:
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BuggerAll

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Are they wearing welly boots? Ideal. They keep oot the water and they keep in the smell.
 

BuggerAll

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I first saw this photograph over 30 years ago and I've never forgotten it,within a few weeks of this being taken the Marine was posted MIA.
I believe this was taken by Larry Burrrows, an English Time Life photojournalist that captured quite a few iconic Vietnam images before his death in a helo crash in Laos in 1971.

The subject is either Marine John or Phillip Wilson. He is reported as kia 12 days after the photo but then I found this:
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One of Burrows's other iconic shots from Vietnam:
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75 years ago today, the Polish II Corps made a decisive night attack on the abbey at Monte Casino at the start of the final battle that lasted for 4 days. Here is Second Lieutenant Kazimierz Gurbiel and his troops from the 12th Podolski Lancers (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division), the first allied patrol to reach the abbey on 18th of May 1944. Note the gum boots!

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Cheers big Ned. Dem Polish boys were some fighters. Respect.
 
It's odd, I know, but I don't like colourisation. Black and white pics automatically tell me that the original colour is unknown and so I adjust my perception accordingly. With undeclared colourisation, you instinctively think that the colour is correct (as near as dammit) and so automatically accept it as real, whereas in fact it is nothing more than a guess.
 
It's odd, I know, but I don't like colourisation. Black and white pics automatically tell me that the original colour is unknown and so I adjust my perception accordingly. With undeclared colourisation, you instinctively think that the colour is correct (as near as dammit) and so automatically accept it as real, whereas in fact it is nothing more than a guess.
Meant a like. I know exactly what you mean.
 
75 years ago today, the Polish II Corps made a decisive night attack on the abbey at Monte Casino at the start of the final battle that lasted for 4 days. Here is Second Lieutenant Kazimierz Gurbiel and his troops from the 12th Podolski Lancers (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division), the first allied patrol to reach the abbey on 18th of May 1944. Note the gum boots!

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Piana delle Orme museum in Latina has an entire building dedicated to the battles for Monte Cassino.

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The final diorama is part of the sight that greeted the 12th Podolski Lancers as they entered the Abbey: it was faithfully recreated, based on contemporary photographs, by set designers and builders from the Cinecitta film studios in Rome.
 

ancienturion

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I'd rather sleep outside on the ground, at least i'd be able to lie down and rest my body.

What was wrong with these people that they could not manage to sleep out in the fields or the woods? Alcoholics? That is about the only way that a person could sleep like that, passed out drunk.
At that time there was not much work anywhere and a lot of men found themselves looking for work in towns and cities. The photo shows some of the deprivation suffered.
 

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